Apraxia Websites Review
After searching the key phrase “apraxia disorder” in Google, I chose to review Apraxia Adventures (http://www.apraxiaadventures.com/), ApraxiaResearch.com (http://www.apraxiaresearch.com/), Apraxia-KIDS (http://www.apraxia-kids.org/), and American Speech-Language-Hearing ([ASHA], http://www.asha.org/).
Although ApraxiaResearch.com does not provide information about apraxia directly, it provides credible links to clinical research on apraxia. All links point to credible peer-reviewed journals that provide author credentials and objective health information.
The ASHA website focuses on several childhood communication disorders, and it is possible to find reliable information about apraxia. It is possible to search for a particular disorder on their site and retrieve credible information written by healthcare professionals and published in ASHA journals.
The website Apraxia Adventures is an example of an unreliable site. The vague “About Me” section indicates that the creator is not a health professional. The information presented on the site is also vague and cannot provide useful insights to visitors about apraxia.
Apraxia-KIDS is the most reliable site focused on apraxia because the site is a program created by The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association, and it is HON-code verified. Further inspection of the site indicates that staff members have their names and qualifications listed, and it allows users to interact with the organization. All articles are written or reviewed by health professionals, and the majority of articles points to credible resources and reliable material for further reading.
Reviewing website credibility in detail is an extensive process, but the main characteristic of credible websites is that the information is written by health professionals, reviewed by health professionals, or provided by a credible healthcare institution (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2010). I consider websites that provide objective and useful information from reliable sources as credible websites on health-related topics.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (2010, April). Evaluating Web-Based Health Resources. Retrieved from http://nccam.nih.gov/health/webresources/