WHAT IS TELEPRACTICE
TELEPRACTICE FOR SPEECH & LANGUAGE SERVICES
Telepractice is using a web-based platform to access Teletherapy.
No running around town. No finding a babysitter. No more juggling acts.
What is teletherapy?
Teletherapy, is a growing service delivery model that allows healthcare professionals to provide services to their clients via the computer. With a secure internet connection, you or a family member can receive speech and language therapy sessions in a variety of locations including schools, clinics, offices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, or even your own home. It is an effective approach that allows for services to be delivered in remote areas to clients who may have gone without. It is also a very convenient way to ensure that appointments are kept and treatment plans are carried out. There is no need to commute to your speech therapy sessions, just log in to your computer at your scheduled time and be connected directly with a highly qualified, licensed, trained, ASHA certified speech-language pathologist.
Does teletherapy work as well as on-site therapy?
Yes. Teletherapy has been used to evaluate and treat clients of all ages. According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), research suggests that there are few differences between teletherapy and in-person services. Most clients who receive teletherapy report that they are very satisfied.
In our experience, we have seen consistent progress in our clients in a shorter amount of time than when we worked in traditional settings. The benefit of serving clients 1:1 or 2:1 has proven to be an effective approach as it allows for the ability to capitalize on each individual’s strengths while directly addressing their weaknesses. The technology has been very motivating and it keeps clients engaged and eager to participate. I am able to customize my materials to coincide with the interests of my clients while focusing on their goals.
Telepractice for Speech and Hearing Services
Does insurance cover teletherapy?
No. We do not bill your insurance company but we can provide an invoice so you can submit it to your insurance company.
What are the benefits of teletherapy?
Our Online Speech & Language therapy offers the following benefits:
Accessibility for: Patients living in remote area- Families with transportation limitations- Parents with busy or hectic schedules Families who prefer a convenient alternative to traditional on-site therapyImproved communication and transparency between the SLP and parents Flexible, timely therapy sessions with reduced wait times.
- Accessibility for patients living in remote areas
- Families with transportation limitations
- Parents with busy or hectic schedules
- Families who prefer a convenient alternative to traditional on-site therapy
- Improved communication and transparency between the SLP and parents
- Flexible, timely therapy sessions with reduced wait times.
Is tele-therapy right for everyone?
Online therapy is not right for every child. The therapist can determine if your toddler or child is a good fit for teletherapy during the online screening.
Factors that may impact a child’s ability to benefit from tele-therapy include:
- Hearing and visual ability
- Ability to maintain attention
- Willingness of family/caregiver to participate in sessions (when necessary)
- Availability of technology Environment
- Learning Environment
What are the technical requirements?
You will need an internet connection in order to participate in a online Speech Therapy session, as well as:
- Computer, tablet or smart phone / computers are recommended
- Internal/external web camera
- Internal/external microphone and speaker / headphones are recommended
- Latest version of your web browser
- Adequate internet connection speed / 3 Mbps connection speed is recommended.
Are tele-therapy sessions secure?
Yes. Our Online Speech Therapists use TheraPlatform for all our sessions. TheraPlatform complies with all federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. This platform also conducts annual risk assessment to ensure that they continue to meet HIPAA standards, and protected patient information remains secure.
Schedule a free Call Screening
Please click the link below to schedule your free screening. Please note that Speech Therapy For Toddlers and Children is under the auspices of the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office, which provides guidance and support to UM students, but does not offer assessment or intervention.