TeleTherapy

Telepractice uses computers to connect children, families & teachers to speech therapy from a distance. Using a standard web camera and online video connections, our therapists connect with you in your home or school to provide speech therapy. Our teletherapy offers “live” interactive face to face therapy using your computer in your home or school. Our speech therapy services include an interactive atmosphere where engaging activities, progress measurement, detailed reporting and speech therapy homework.

What is telepractice?
Telepractice is an appropriate model of service delivery for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to the delivery of speech language pathology and audiology professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client/patient or clinician to clinician for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.Synchronous services are conducted with interactive audio and video connection in real time to create an in-person experience similar to that achieved in a traditional encounter. Synchronous services may connect a client/patient or group of clients/patients with a clinician, or they may include consultation between a clinician and a specialist (Department of Health and Human Services, n.d., 2012).

Client/Patient Selection
Because clinical services are based on the unique needs of each individual client/patient, telepractice may not be appropriate in all circumstances or for all clients. Candidacy for receiving services via telepractice should be assessed prior to initiation of services. The client’s/patient’s culture, education level, age, gender, and other characteristics may influence the appropriateness of audiology and speech-language services provided via telepractice.

Consider the potential impact of the following factors on the client’s/patient’s ability to benefit from telepractice

  • Physical and sensory characteristics, including
    • hearing ability,
    • visual ability (e.g., ability to see material on a computer monitor),
    • manual dexterity (e.g., ability to operate a keyboard if needed),
    • physical endurance (e.g., sitting tolerance);
  • Cognitive, behavioral, and/or motivational characteristics, including
    • level of cognitive functioning,
    • ability to maintain attention (e.g., to a video monitor),
    • ability to sit in front of a camera and minimize extraneous movements to avoid compromising the image resolution,
    • willingness of the client/patient and family/caregiver (as appropriate) to receive services via telepractice;
  • Communication characteristics, including
    • auditory comprehension,
    • literacy,
    • speech intelligibility,
    • cultural/linguistic variables,
    • availability of an interpreter;
  • Client’s/patient’s support resources, including
    • availability of technology,
    • access to and availability of resources (e.g., telecommunications network, facilitator),
    • appropriate environment for telepractice (e.g., quiet room with minimal distractions),
    • ability of the client/patient, caregiver, and/or facilitator to follow directions to operate and troubleshoot telepractice technology and transmission.

Telepractice is being used in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of speech and language disorders, including

  • articulation disorders (Waite, Cahill, Theodoros, Busuttin, & Russell, 2006; Crutchley, Dudley, & Campbell, 2010)
  • autism (Parmanto, Pulantara, Schutte, Saptono, & McCue, 2013)
  • dysarthria (Hill et al., 2006)
  • fluency disoders (Carey, O’Brian, Onslow, Packman, & Menzies, 2012; Lewis, Packman, Onslow, Simpson, & Jones, 2008)
  • language and cognitive disorders (Brennan, Georgeadis, Baron, & Barker, 2004; Waite, Theodoros, Russell, & Cahill, 2010)
  • dysphagia(Malandraki, McCullough, He, McWeeny, & Perlman, 2011; Perlman & Witthawaskul, 2002)
  • voice disorders (Halpern et al., 2012, Mashima et al., 2003; Theodoros et al., 2006; Tindall, Huebner, Stemple, & Kleinert, 2008; Towey, 2012).

Technology
All you need is access to a computer, webcam, and headset or phone to connect with one of our certified SLPs.

 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (n.d.). Telepractice. (Practice Portal). Retrieved August, 14, 2015, from www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Professional-Issues/Telepractice.