18 Aug Tell Me About Telespeech!
Welcome to Telespeech Therapy’s Blog!
I had the pleasure of speaking with the company’s president and owner, Christy Slayton, and asked her questions about how she decided to develop a tele-therapy practice…
Thank you, Christy, for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions! As you are aware, tele-therapy, therapy services provided via an encrypted, HIPAA-compliant, web-based, video-conferencing platform, is a rapidly expanding field allowing clients to receive quality Speech/Language Therapy services that may not have otherwise because of their location, the Speech/Language Pathologist shortage, etc.
When did you first begin providing Speech/Language therapy?
I first began working in the schools in December of 2003 as a speech and language assistant. That June I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders and was hired as a speech therapist for the 2004-2005 school year on a credential waiver. I have been working in schools since then. This is my first year that I will not be working directly with a school providing speech and language services on campus.
Why did you look into tele-therapy? What interested you about it?
I first heard about tele practice when I attended the 2011 ASHA convention in San Diego. I went to a class about it and was interested in it. I have also been interested in private practice since deciding to enter the field of speech pathology. However, I finally decided to take the leap and begin the process of setting up a tele- practice last summer because of my youngest son. He receives Early Intervention services in the area of speech and I wanted him to have greater access to services without having to travel long distances to receive them. I also wanted SLPs to have a platform to provide services and work in areas that involved their passions, benefitting clients as well as SLPs.
What is your company’s philosophy or mission statement?
Our philosophy at Telespeech Therapy, Inc. is that communication is the cornerstone of life and we want to give clients better, easier access to receive the highest quality professional services by linking the speech-language pathologist to the client for assessment, intervention, or consultation, utilizing live interactive telecommunication technology.
What is your perspective about having parents join their child’s sessions?
I encourage caregivers/parents/significant-others to join sessions. I think that in most cases if we can have them involved and an active, interested participant in the process, then the client will make better progress.
What are your hopes for your company’s future? Keep it small or to expand? If you are looking to expand, how can interested SLP’s contact you?
I am looking to meet the needs of the clients so if there is a demand to expand I would like to make sure we can meet it. Other SLPs can contact me through the website under the “team” section. There they can submit a resume and their information. They can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or call the business number at 855-315-6016 or my cell at 661-201-0270.
There you have it! Telespeech Therapy, Inc. is a company allowing SLPs, interested in becoming tele-therapists, the opportunity to grow professionally while creating new relationships with clients and other SLPs!
This blog posting was written by Tracy Sippl, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist, Tele-therapist, and consultant.