The Benefits of Providing Speech Therapy Online – Part 1

Online speech therapy for various populations

23 Nov The Benefits of Providing Speech Therapy Online – Part 1

Teletherapy — A Viable and Versatile Form of Speech/Language Therapy Treatment for Various Populations

Teletherapy is a rapidly expanding field offering a plethora of opportunities for service providers!

What are the benefits of receiving teletherapy services?

Therapy services provided by a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist experienced using a variety of treatments for various populations (i.e., preschool-, school-based, adult-, and/or geriatric)

  • Individualized therapy programs
  • Flexible scheduling to meet clients’, students’, and teachers’ needs
  • Secure network connections
  • Affordable pricing
  • Easy to use, real-time, two-way interactive technology
  • Not having to travel
  • Not having to drive to sessions during inclement weather
  • Loved-ones observing sessions when requested ahead of time (to survey the teletherapy approach being used)
    • This helps with the generalization of skills learned during treatment and promotes practice outside of the actual teletherapy session
  • Use of engaging, highly personalized, and highly interactive therapy materials

 

This not an “all-inclusive” list!

 

What exactly is “teletherapy?”

Telehealth is the expansion of telemedicine to include applications across the full spectrum of the health sciences, including, but not limited to, audiology, speech-language pathology …in addition to medicine.

Bashshur, Reardon, & Shannon, 2000; Books, Sun Boal, Poropatich, & Abbot, 2002; Burgess et al., 1999; Eikelboom, Atlas, Mbao, & Gallop, 2002; Hassol et al., 1996; Mun & Turner, 1999.

This position statement is an official policy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association…

“Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to deliver professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client, or clinician to clinician for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.  It is the position of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that telepractice (telehealth) is an appropriate model of service delivery for the profession of speech-language pathology.  Telepractice may be used to overcome barriers of access to services caused by distance, unavailability of specialists and/or subspecialists, and impaired mobility.  Telepractice offers the potential to extend clinical services to remote, rural, and underserved populations, and to culturally and linguistically diverse populations.”

“The use of telepractice does not remove any existing responsibilities in delivering services, including adherence to the Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, state and federal laws (e.g., licensure, HIPAA, etc.), and ASHA policy documents on professional practices.  Therefore, the quality of services delivered via telepractice must be consistent with the quality of services delivered fact-to-face.”

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2005). Speech-language pathologists providing clinical services via telepractice: position statement [Position Statement] http://www.asha.org/docs/html/PS2005-00116.html Asscessed 29 January 2011.

Information gathered and article written by:
Tracy Sippl, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech/Language Pathologist & Teletherapist

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