What is It?
Online speech therapy or telepractice is the use of technology to provide speech therapy via webcam, headset with microphone or any other form of communication.
Online therapy is where the client and a certified speech-language pathologist communicate and interact face-to-face over the Internet. The session involves working one on one using the techniques and strategies applicable to the goals of the client and are practiced and targeted via live video as opposed to face to face in office.
Activities can range from listening and speaking, language skills, articulation and motor speech development, as well as implementing elements of reading and writing.
Telepractice is a method of reaching students and individuals in any distant location. It is defined as the use of technology to provide speech and language therapy services to remote regions around the world. Many populations can be seen for therapy in this way, right from the comfort of your own living room and never having to leave the house.
Research shows that with telepractice a clinician can provide therapy services, with the same results, as being there in person.
What to Expect
Prior to committing to sessions, you will have a consultation to discuss concerns and agree upon a Plan of Care and a payment schedule. You will need the following equipment for a Telepractice session:
- A laptop or computer with a webcam, speaker and microphone
- Headphones are recommended but not required
- A quiet area
During Telepractice sessions, the speech therapist will interact with the client using therapeutic activities and exercises. Materials and follow-up resources will allow for additional practice of skills at home.