WHAT IS TELETHERAPY?
Teletherapy is a live ‘virtual’ session with a licensed Speech and Language Therapist in your own home through a computer. It is very
much like a telemedicine visit with your medical doctor or a Zoom class, but it is more fun and interactive.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TELETHERAPY?
Having Speech Therapy sessions on a regular basis is the best way to make continual progress on speech therapy goals. Research has
shown that teletherapy is an effective way to deliver services and, when implemented correctly, can have equal outcomes to face-
to-face interventions. Teletherapy is a great way to provide continuity of care if you are unable to do in person sessions due to
illness, a busy schedule or clinic closure (as with the Covid-19 pandemic).
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
We find that most families can use the current setup they are using/have used for remote school sessions. You will need a computer
with a speaker, microphone and camera; a high speed internet connection; a quiet location where you can work relatively free of
distractions; and an adult facilitator/older sibling to set up the computer, assist with technical difficulties and/or keep the child on
task, if the session is for a child. We use a secure, HIPAA compliant, encrypted account to send you the session link and email you
setup instructions in advance of your initial session.
WHAT IF I AM AN OLDER ADULT AND NEED HELP LEARNING HOW TO DO TELETHERAPY?
We have found that an initial session at your home to help you set up your computer and show you how to use the link does the
trick! The platform we use for teletherapy is simple, and easy to use to so that it accommodates a broad spectrum of our clients.
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOESN’T DO WELL ON ZOOM OR GOOGLE MEET FOR SCHOOL? WILL
We have found that with our therapist’s specialized skills and training, they are able to make speech therapy fun for your child and
many parents are surprised at how well their child can focus during our sessions. If your child is very young, you will be able to help
facilitate the session to make sure it is productive and this will allow you to learn the skills to help your child at home as well. If
you’re still not sure, we suggest giving it a try before making a final decision – you never know!
WHAT IF WE TRY TELETHERAPY BUT WE DON’T LIKE IT?
Currently, during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have limited staff available to do in-person evaluations and sessions. As such, we are
providing in-person sessions to those clients that need Initial Evaluations and sessions, as well as those that have tried teletherapy,
and we have been able to clinically document that teletherapy has been significantly less effective than in-person therapy. Patients
receiving Initial Evaluations and sessions will be encouraged to transition to teletherapy if the therapist believes the client will do
well with teletherapy, the pandemic persists, and in clinic staff continues to be limited.
WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR TELETHERAPY?
We are finding that the majority of insurance providers are covering teletherapy services at this time. We monitor the various
insurance company policies on teletherapy regularly to ensure coverage.
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
Contact us! We look forward to meeting you!