Talk is Cheap. Communication is Priceless
Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to the delivery of speech language pathology and audiology professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client or clinician to clinician for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.
ASHA adopted the term telepractice rather than the frequently used terms telemedicine or telehealth to avoid the misperception that these services are used only in health care settings. Other terms such as teleaudiology, telespeech, and speech teletherapy are also used by practitioners in addition to telepractice. Services delivered by audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are included in the broader generic term telerehabilitation (American Telemedicine Association, 2010).
Are Telepractice Sessions as Effective as In-Person Sessions?
A:There is an ever-growing library of research showing that telepractice is as effective as in-person sessions. For speech-language-pathology-specific research, see the bottom of this article.
What Are the technical Requirements for Telepractice?
A stable internet connection (at least 600 kbps upload and download speed, A computer with webcam, or a smartphone with a camera, A pair of headphones or earbuds, A microphone of decent quality (headsets with microphones are often affordable and available at Target and similar stores)
The staff of CSS are passionate about their work and strive to help each client reach his or her maximum potential. Each of our therapists have vast experience necessary to treat any communication disorder including apraxia, articulation/phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language deficits, dysfluency (stuttering), voice disorders, pediatric and adult dysphagia, aphasia, cognitive communication disorders, social pragmatic language disorders, and autism. We have speech therapists who show expertise in working with clients who have hearing loss and wear a hearing aid or cochlear implant. Other therapists enjoy working with clients who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication and some therapists have developed extensive social skills programs for children with ASD. We also have therapists who hold certifications in VitalStim (neuro-muscular electrical stimulation for dysphagia) and the SpeechEasy Fluency Device. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding our therapists or our practice. We welcome all questions and comments.