Speech pathology training includes classroom and clinical experience, but students receive little real world experience prior to graduation, which is problematic because most patients do not speak like textbook examples.
The Linguistic Symptom Training App serves as a study tool for undergraduate and graduate speech language pathology students. The app uses self-paced training modules to help students identify and categorize linguistic symptoms from a variety of pediatric language disorders. Users access a series of sentences that mirror real speech patterns and sentence structures, then are asked to make quick judgements about whether or not each sentence contains symptoms for a specific disorder. The app could also be used to meet continuing education requirements for certified speech language pathology (SLP) clinicians.