Learn about Telepractice
Everything you need to know about on-line speech therapy "telepractice"
Are a busy caregiver who feels that there simply isn’t time to take your loved one to an appointment? Or maybe your loved one is not ambulatory or becomes easily worn out traveling to and from appointments and the thought of going to another doctor’s office is just too much? Maybe you live an hour away from the nearest speech pathologist and you want speech therapy but it's just too far out of reach? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then you should consider receiving speech services through telepractice.
The term telepractice is defined as using technology to deliver speech-language evaluations and treatment. You may also hear telepractice referred to as "telemedicine", "teletherapy", and "on-line speech therapy".
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All that is needed is a computer or tablet. A completely private and secure video conferencing platform is used, and is free and easy to download. No special hardware or software is required. We will see each other on the screen (like Skype or FaceTime). The materials used for speech and language therapy are scanned in or web-based and at the click of a button, I am able to share them electronically with you and they will appear right on your computer screen. In fact, the activities and materials are so interactive and engaging that it has been reported to me that these high interest tasks often continue well beyond the therapy sessions.
All forms that the client needs to fill out are web-based using an online intake form management software that enables us to electronically share forms, and receive them back completed & signed electronically before the next appointment. This platform is HIPAA compliant.
Adults and Children of All Ages Can Use Telepractice
Both adults and children of all ages can participate in telepractice. Some of the problems that we treat using telepractice include but are not limited to: aphasia, apraxia, fluency, dysarthria, articulation/phonological disorders, autism, childhood language disorders, cognitive disorders, dysphagia, and voice disorders. By using telepractice, we are able to reach individuals in rural areas, those who do not have transportation, or those who are looking for a more flexible schedule.
Benefits of telepractice
When telelpractice is delivered with a good understanding of the technology and with plenty of available resources such as diagnostic and intervention web-based tools, it provides a more convenient experience for the client with the same high-quality care for a variety of patients with a wide range of ages and disorders. A common misconception is that telepractice is not as interactive or personal than in-person therapy; however, telepractice has been studied and research has shown it to be as effective and equivalent to in-person treatment, with the added benefit of being very convenient for the patient.
If you would like to learn more, please refer to my blog entries discussing telepractice: