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Internet images of the speech pathology profession.

Nicole Byrne

Abstract

The Internet provides the general public with information about Speech Pathology services, including client groups and service delivery models, as well as the professionals providing the services. Whilst this information assists the general public and other professionals to both access and understand Speech Pathology services, it also potentially provides information about Speech Pathology as a prospective career, including the types of people who are speech pathologists (i.e. demographics). A pilot prospective observational study using content analysis methodology was conducted to analyse publically available Internet images related to the Speech Pathology profession. The terms ‘Speech Pathology’ and ‘speech pathologist’ to represent both the profession and the professional were used, resulting in the identification of 200 images. These images were considered across a range of areas, including who was in the image (e.g. professional, client, significant other), the technology used and the types of intervention. Current images continue to portray a narrow professional demographics and client groups (e.g. paediatrics). Promoting images of wider scope to fully represent the depth and breadth of Speech Pathology professional practice may assist to attract a more diverse group of people into the profession in the future.

AH17033  Accepted 18 April 2017

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