15 Feb How to find an effective tele-helper for online speech therapy
What are the qualifications you need to consider when hiring or working with a tele-helper? While working with students at a brick-and-mortar school, your tele-helper is a critical component of your service delivery system. Besides the school having the appropriate equipment, Internet speed/bandwidth, and setting for the provision of Speech/Language teletherapy services, the tele-helper is your connection to the students, faculty, and administration. Working with someone with a calm demeanor, patience with students (no matter the age/disability), empathetic, assertive, responsible, and prompt, will allow you to do your job and do it well.
What are other expectations for the tele-helper? You may want to devise a list for this person to refer to throughout the school year. The responsibilities listed in this post are by no means exhaustive because every setting, student, and therapist is different. I explain to the tele-helper assigned to me that his/her role will involve more than bringing a student to the teletherapy room, sitting next to the student, and returning the student to the classroom. His /Her responsibilities may include the following: having supplies handy for the students in each school you are servicing, reproducing hands-on materials used in therapy, delivering messages to students and teachers, helping with behavior monitoring, and providing positive reinforcement.
Tracy Sippl, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech/Language Pathologist & Teletherapist