Have You Ever Tried Online Speech Therapy?

What if you could get speech therapy without leaving your home? While in-home services have existed for many years, some speech therapists are moving into telepractices. They deliver speech therapy services via a computer video feed.

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What Is Telepractice?

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), telepractice is the act of linking therapists with people who need speech therapy in order to provide services such as assessment or therapy.

“Services are conducted with interactive audio and video connection in real time to create an in-person experience similar to that achieved in a traditional encounter.” Instead of facing one another across a table, you face one another via a camera and screen.

Additionally, therapists can record and pass along video clips to another professional to view later if they can’t be present during the session. The clips can be used to document process with speech therapy.

How Does it Work?

People who want to try telepractice need a computer or mobile device and an internet connection. Practices, like RemoteSpeech, require users to download the program Zoom. Both the therapist and person who needs speech therapy will want to work in quiet, well-lit areas.

You book sessions for telepractice at a set time so both therapist and user can be at the computer or on a mobile device.

ASHA contains additional fact sheets and studies on telepractice if you want to learn more.

What Are the Benefits?

People can remain in a comfortable, familiar space rather than traveling to another building. They do not need to factor in travel time to get to appointments or depend on loved ones for transportation.

Telepractice opens up possibilities, especially for people who live outside metropolitan areas or have limited mobility. Therapy centers can hold support groups online via video feed, enabling people to continue to practice with each other even when they’re not at the center.

What Are the Drawbacks?

Of course, there is also the danger of miscommunication when two people are physically far apart. Therapists may miss subtle body language clues or nuances in tone over the connection. There will be times that people will need to wrestle with technology. Also, there is the frustration that this service will be out of reach for some people due to the equipment costs.

Have you ever tried speech therapy over the computer? Would you want to try this?

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Comments

22 Comments

  • Linda Trombley
    May 23, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Yes

  • Linda Trombley
    May 23, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Yes it might help my husband

  • Jacqueline Smith
    May 23, 2017 at 8:58 am

    We would like to learn more about this therapy, and the cost involved. Our son in now receiving Medicaid, as he has no income.
    I would like to know if Medicaid would cover the cost.

    Jacqueline Smith

  • Chris Greenfield
    May 23, 2017 at 10:14 am

    My husband uses TalkPath Live. He has two 30 minute sessions per week at a cost of about $300 per month, in addition to his out patient twice per week speech therapy. His caregiver sets the computer up for him. It has been an added benefit to him. I see a little more improvement. My husband is 13 months post-stroke and has been using TalkPath Live for 6 months. Here is contact info.
    Ellen Engel, MA, CCC-SLP
    Director of Clinical Services
    TalkPath Live
    103 Carnegie Center, Suite 120
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    785-633-

  • Michael E Beebe
    May 23, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Yes. I’m veteran on a fixed income. Please let me know the cost.
    Thanks,
    Mike Beebe

  • Annie
    May 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I am very interested in understanding the cost and possible insurance coverage. Also, how are assessments completed prior to therapy? Is there a device to use for writing subtests or writing therapy?

  • Denise Huddle
    May 23, 2017 at 11:28 am

    We would be very interested. Can you give more information as to cost?

  • Carol Shiner
    May 23, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Yes!!!!!

  • anastasia
    May 23, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I would like to know if there is any kind of this online therapy in Greek language

  • Philip Robinson
    May 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm
  • Anonymous
    May 23, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I am interested for my husband. What is the cost and frequency?

  • Karen
    May 23, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Would Medicare pay for this?

  • Patricia MacDonald
    May 23, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I think this would be a very useful tool in speech therapy. I would like more information and how to get the online service.

  • rose
    May 23, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Yes, what available for apraxia.?

  • Anonymous
    May 24, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Could this work with Primary Progressive Aphasia?
    Jean

  • Jean davis
    May 24, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Could this work with Primary Progressive Aphasia?
    Jean

  • Paul Shinnick
    May 24, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Yes

  • Melva Shrum
    May 24, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I, too, would like to know the typical cost for a session. My mom needs more speech therapy than she is getting. Prior to the stroke, she enjoyed her computer very much.

  • Marilyn
    May 24, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I would like to try this.
    I can hardy talk because I am slow talking and people don’t listen to me. Even my doctor

  • Bob Simpson
    May 24, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Yes, This might be a perfect solution to getting my wife to entertain speech therapy again. I would like to know the costs involved and if Medicare will cover any of them.

  • Julie
    May 30, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Yes, I would like to try it.

  • Mary Dixon
    June 15, 2017 at 10:20 am

    The first time I went through speech therapy, it was on my nickle. Later, to try to fine tune and improve my ability to talk better and learn how to cope with understanding what I could hear, it was covered by insurance. Can it further help? Would it be my expense? If it is on my nickle, forget it. I can’t afford it. I can cope okay but there are times I am depressed and discouraged that people just don’t get it.

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