What is teletherapy? Why choose teletherapy?
Teletherapy is delivering speech therapy services through video conferencing to another person who is in another location. I use the Zoom technology platform. If you have used Factime or Skype, the experience is similar. I chose Zoom for the additional protection and functionality it provides.
When I first started teletherapy, I was nervous that I would feel disconnected with the client. Surprisingly, I feel quite the opposite. I have found that the child’s attention has increased and the connection is the same as interacting in person. It may be because my face is right in their face or that computers/tablets are associated with fun. Whatever it is, I’ll take it. I am able to plan and select interactive activities to keep them engaged throughout the session. A definite plus is that family members can be beside the student, within an earshot, or logged in from work to see and hear what I am working on and how I am targeting goals. Hence, carryover to the home environment increases.
Teletherapy recently came into the light through COVID19, but it has been around for more than 20 years. Every year the technology and available resources is getting better and growing.
People are drawn to teletherapy for the…
Convenience. Families no longer have to drive to facilities, wait in the lobby, receive services, and drive back. Individual receive therapy services form their homes. Oftentimes, there are less missed appointments.
Quality. Outcomes from teletherapy services are consistent with the outcomes from in-service therapy.
Follow this youtube link from ASHA to hear what professionals say about teletherapy.