The Benefits of Providing Speech Therapy Online – Part 2

30 Nov The Benefits of Providing Speech Therapy Online – Part 2

What type of benefits can come from clients receiving teletherapy?  What does the research say about the effectiveness of teletherapy?

It is estimated that 10% of the world’s population, approximately 650 million people, have some form of disability.  Population growth, aging, and medical advances that preserve and prolong life have increased demands for health and rehabilitation services.  Recent predictions indicate a shortage of speech-language pathologists and other rehabilitation specialists to provide care for individuals with disabilities.  The application of telemedicine and telehealth technologies offers effective solutions to this challenge.

Mashima PA, Doarn CR (2008) Overview of Telehealth activities in speech-language pathology, Telemedicine and e-Health, 14(10), 1101-1117.

“Stringthown Publilc Schools Superintendent Richard Quaid stated, ‘There have been several students in the lower age group who have graduated from this program.  We did not have that many graduates before because of inconsistent services.  The longest we could keep an SLP down here was six months.’ This program has been a great success for us and is the best we have ever had,” he said. ‘We don’t know what we would do without it.’”

Forducey PG. (2006, August 15). Speech telepractice program expands options for rural Oklahoma schools.  The ASHA Leader http://www.asha.org/Publications/leader/2006/060815/060815f.htm. Accessed 29 January 2011.

“The results of this pilot study indicate overall high levels of satisfaction with a school-based TeleSpeech Therapy pilot project by parents, teachers, and administrators. …This study suggests that telepractice provided an acceptable service delivery model of speech therapy for the school system innvolved in the project.”

McCullough A. (2001) Viability and effectiveness of teletherapy for pre-school chilcren with special needs. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 36 Suppl 1, 321-326.

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

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