The telepractice information in this document is intended to support professionals in making informed, well-reasoned decisions around remote assessment. This information is not intended to be comprehensive regarding all considerations for assessment via telepractice. It should not be interpreted as a requirement or recommendation to conduct assessment via telepractice.
Professionals should remain mindful to:
- Follow professional best practice recommendations and respective ethical codes
- Follow telepractice regulations and legal requirements from federal, state and local authorities, licensing boards, professional liability insurance providers, and payors
- Develop competence with assessment via telepractice through activities such as practicing, studying, consulting with other professionals, and engaging in professional development.
Professionals should use their clinical judgment to determine if assessment via telepractice is appropriate for a particular examinee, referral question, and situation. There are circumstances where assessment via telepractice is not feasible and/or is contraindicated. Documentation of all considerations, procedures, and conclusions remains a professional responsibility.
The Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen (Shaywitz, 2016) is a digital-only, observational rating scale where the “examinee” is the classroom teacher as a respondent. It can be administered in a telepractice context and can be administered via three delivery systems. First, administration is facilitated by using the remote onscreen administration option from Q-global®, Pearson’s secure online-testing and scoring platform. Details regarding Q-global and how it is used are provided on the Q-global product page. Second, professionals may use a standalone, universal screening approach on the PearsonScreen application. Third, the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen is integrated into the aimswebPlus benchmark and progress monitoring system. Information on all three delivery options can be found on the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen product page. Additional implementations are underway, as are additional forms.