May 5, 2021
We had an excellent Group Share last month, focusing on the intriguing topic of Artificial Intelligence. To delve deeper into this subject, we organized an all-clinician Group Share, where participants shared varied perspectives on their familiarity with AI:
- Melanie Greenway, a school psychologist, expressed enthusiasm, stating, "I use this all the time and I love it!"
- Stef Anderson, another school psychologist, voiced concerns, saying, "This is freaking me out! I'm afraid of posting things online."
- Bryn Quinlan, an SLP, humorously admitted, "I'm lazy about adopting new things. The challenge of learning the new thing is more work than doing the old thing!" (No judgment, Bryn! Many of us can relate to this sentiment.)
Our primary goal was to explore and learn more about this evolving technology. Here are some key insights gleaned from the event:
- AI serves as a valuable tool to enhance efficiency in various tasks, such as email writing, report generation, task prioritization, and therapy session planning.
- Notable AI tools/engines include ChatGPT (most commonly used), Bastion GPT (for healthcare professionals), and Sophia (specifically designed for school psychs but applicable to all school clinicians).
- Byron McClure, last year's professional development speaker, created a program discussed during the event.
- For report writing, participants shared prompts to save time and adjust the tone, ensuring reports are parent-friendly, legally defensible, and strengths-based.
- IEP writing prompts were provided to assist in formulating goals for various scenarios.
- Intervention/lesson planning prompts covered a range of topics, from addressing disruptive behavior to creating reading passages with specific vocabulary.
- Claudia DiFalco (SLP) shared her experience using AI to explain apraxia in a parent-friendly manner during a recent meeting.
Participants were also cautioned about certain considerations:
- Avoid using any identifying information when inputting text/questions into an AI engine.
- Be mindful that most AI programs store entered information.
- Always proofread AI-generated content before incorporating it into a report.
- The more information provided to the AI engine, the better its performance.
- The discussion touched on concerns about cheating in schools due to the evolving nature of AI, paralleling the evolution of the internet.
Looking ahead, the future implications of AI were contemplated, with the acknowledgment that our current perspectives may evolve over time. Thanks to all clinicians who participated, and we eagerly anticipate our next Group Share!
August 27, 2023