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ONLINE THERAPY IN A NOW "VIRTUAL" WORLD


The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), which is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists, has recognized teletherapy as a valid means of service delivery for speech and language disorders. Additionally, there has been a body of research evidence that shows online speech/language therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy. It’s important to acknowledge that the method in which therapy is delivered is really only one part of the equation - the person delivering it can be just as important, and perhaps even moreso, which is why finding the right Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) that meets your specific communicative needs is crucial.

Although my practice has always provided online Aphasia and Apraxia therapy, even before the pandemic hit, I think it is clear that providing consultations and therapeutic services virtually has become the “new norm.” As we’re all continuing to deal with a lot of change and adjustments, I thought it might be helpful to provide a resource that shares the positives of online therapy, as well as some potential challenges, so that your options can be fully explored and evaluated. Additionally, I provide a list of potential solutions to the challenges identified, as many of them have easy resolutions.



POSITIVES OF ONLINE THERAPY

  • SCHEDULING appointments can be more FLEXIBLE

  • MORE AFFORDABLE – Online therapists are typically able to provide lower costs

  • SAVE TIME as there is NO need for COMMUTE TIME

  • ACCESSIBILITY for those with physical limitations

  • CONVENIENCE = fewer NO SHOWS or CANCELLATIONS; therapy appointments don't require scheduled transportation or depend on road conditions (i.e. snow, ice)

  • IMPROVED ACCESS TO SERVICES – regardless of where you live

  • NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, allowing individual to feel more comfortable, easier access to communication partners in the home, therapist gets a better idea of living environment to incorporate into at-home tasks


POTENTIAL CHALLENGES OF ONLINE THERAPY

  • Technological Glitches: audio interruptions or videos freezing or being delayed due to poor internet connection; weather conditions and power outages

  • Need for tactile cues for articulatory placement not possible

  • Visual attention or attention challenges

  • Credibility and reputable business, and concerns regarding privacy and equipment use

  • Reduced quality of visual cues and more difficult to assess body language

  • In-home distractions (i.e. dogs barking, children interrupting, etc.)

  • State licensure challenges for therapist, requiring them to have a license in the state where patient resides

Read our list of recommended solutions here.


Interested in getting started with us online or learning more about our online Aphasia Therapy? Visit our website:

https://www.iraphasiatherapy.com/contact

https://www.iraphasiatherapy.com/intensive-aphasia-therapy


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