Answer each question, one at a time. After some of these steps, you may feel like, "I don't have time for that!?" Yeah, well, that's what clinicians say when they're told they need to know the research!
(doh) Implementation requires all of our thoughtful efforts and service to the field!
So let's get started.
Was the intervention designed with clients’ and SLPs’ needs in mind? If Yes: next step If No: This blog post isn’t for you. No worries! Your audience may simply not be SLPs.
Could an SLP take your research, and immediately apply it to practice? Do your findings have the potential to change clinical practice? Currently? If Yes: next step If No: That's ok! It’s probably just not the purpose of your research. At The Informed SLP, we’re finding that about 90% of articles published each month in our field are not clinically applicable. For all sorts of reasons. And when they're not, your audience isn't SLPs. But, thank you for your scholarship, and come back when you have an article that is a "yes" to this question! Because, more than likely, that's your research trajectory but not the case for your present study.
This is a difficult topic—difficult to think about, to read about, and, in many cases, difficult to help our students and clients who have been (or continue to be) victims of maltreatment. But given the horrifying prevalence of childhood abuse and neglect (the Children’s Bureau estimates 683,000 known victims in 2015), the fact is, we are working with these children whether we know it or not. I’m sure the concerned SLP who asked this question isn’t alone in wanting to know more, so she can do her job better. After all...that’s why we’re all here.