Telepractice for Speech/Language Treatment
What is telepractice?
Telepractice is using technology to deliver speech-language evaluations and treatment. All that is needed is a computer, tablet, iPad, or iPhone and a high-speed internet connection. A completely private and secure video conferencing tool (such as Zoom), is used. The program is free and simply requires creating a login and password to connect the client with a speech language pathologist. The therapy is interactive and each client’s needs can be met individually. Research shows that the results provided by interactive telepractice are as effective as in-person therapy.
Who can be treated using Telepractice?
A wide range of disorders can be addressed by using telepractice. They include, but are not limited to: aphasia, apraxia, fluency, dysarthria, articulation/phonological disorders, autism, childhood language disorders, cognitive disorders, dysphagia, and voice disorders. For example, telepractice is being used to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease receive speech and voice treatment via the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment program (LSVT) in the comfort of their home or office. By using telepractice speech language pathologist are able to reach individuals in rural areas, those who do not have transportation, or those who are looking for a more flexible schedule.
What are the benefits of using telepractice?
Telepractice is provided in the client’s natural environment thereby helping with generalization of skills learned in therapy. The method can also carryover of skills learned in treatment more functional by including family/caregivers and the client’s real-life situations.Utilizing this method saves cost for traveling to appointments. Therapy programs are high-quality, individualized and tailored to meet the needs of client. Treatment materials are highly personalized and interactive. Treatment schedules are more flexible than in a hospital or clinic.