By answering a question, you agree to the following:
Acknowledgment that you are an expert on this topic
This may mean you're a professor, scientist, or expert clinician. An "expert", whether EdD, PhD, CCC-SLP, or other, is simply someone who has extensive knowledge about a topic area. This may come from years of reading evidence, or because you have attended multiple Continuing Education courses on the topic. It has less to do with your degree, and more to do with your actions over time in continuing education.
You mustcite your sources in APA citation style, with links to original articles and/or full citations. Every answer on this board must point to the strongest evidence available to back it.
Steps to answering a question:
Contact us to confirm that you're ready to answer a question. We will only accept one pending answer at a time. You must get your answer to us within one week of volunteering as an "expert" for a question. Otherwise, we'll give the opportunity to the next person in line wanting to answer the question. If there's nobody else waiting to answer the question, you'll clearly have longer than a week :).
If your answer is strong, you will be awarded a coupon for 12 months of free site membership, and your answer will be published on the site.
If your answer is inadequate (e.g. not backed by sufficient evidence), it will be rejected and you will not receive free site membership. The decision to reject and answer is entirely at the discretion of The Informed SLP's moderator(s), currently Meredith P. Harold, PhD, CCC-SLP. We will do our best to honor various expert answers, and do accept more than one best answer.
May I comment on answers already posted?
Yes! And we encourage that. Unlimited comments are allowed, right below the "expert answer".
What if I think the expert is wrong, or I think I have a better answer, or I want to add to the expert answer?
Please speak up! Simply follow the instructions above "To answer a question". In some circumstances, we'll accept multiple expert answers, all locked to the top, so that users may weigh a couple/few options.
Hey, I'm a university professor or student, and this would be a FANTASTIC exercise for our graduate student class.
Yes, it would :) Please Contact Us to discuss options for groups of students to answer questions, supervised by their course instructor.
Who can see these answers?
Anyone visiting this website can see the questions and expert answers. However, ASKING questions is restricted to members only.