What is Teletherapy?
Teletherapy, (AKA telehealth or telepractice) is therapy provided virtually.
WHAT IS TELETHERAPY?
Teletherapy, (AKA telehealth or telepractice) is therapy provided virtually. Sessions are completed over a video conferencing platform. It can be done on a desktop computer, laptop, iPad or another type of tech-notepad. Therapy is completed in much the same way as it would be in-person, although the techniques, materials, and activities will probably look a bit different.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS THE RIGHT FIT?
Teletherapy is appropriate for most people. Many factors need to be taken into consideration, but typically accommodations can be made depending on the client's needs. This might mean that a facilitator will need to sit with the client (a parent or adult), or sessions may need to be shortened to accommodate for limited attention.
DOES TELETHERAPY WORK?
In short, YES!
The SLP governing body, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), supports telepractice. ASHA is committed to bringing effective services to all people who may need it, regardless of their geographic location or mobility. As a result, they are supportive of teletherapy.
There are actually quite a few studies on the efficacy of teletherapy. One such study published in 2017, “The Efficacy of Telehealth-Delivered Speech and Language Intervention for Primary School-Age Children: A Systematic Review,” determined that:
"…telehealth is a promising service delivery method for delivering speech and language intervention services to this population. This alternative service delivery model has the potential to improve access to SLP services for children living in geographically remote areas, reducing travel time and alleviating the detrimental effects of communication difficulties on education, social participation, and employment.
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