The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) defines telepractice as 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”.
Who can benefit from telepractice?
Children birth-three, preschool, and caregivers. Children may be working on imitation, play, turn taking, expressive/receptive language, and fluency skills. This is a great opportunity for therapists to coach parents on how to implement strategies and activities in the home. Therapists and parents can work together on engaging children in play activities, reading stories, daily routines, and more to support their child’s development.
Preschool and school aged children working on speech, language, voice, and/or fluency goals who can sit and attend to a computer screen for 25-30 minutes. Parents may need to be present initially to keep the child on task as they learn this new therapy routine.
Children using AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) with their parents. The clinician will support the child’s use of the AAC device by training the parents during play activities, reading stories, daily routines, and more to support the child’s skill development.
Telepractice is being used in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of speech and language disorders, including the following:
- Articulation disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Fluency disorders
- Language and cognitive disorders
- Neurodevelopmental disabilities
- Voice disorders
What do I need for my child to participate?
- Computer or tablet with a camera and microphone
- Internet access
- Space to work
- Table and chair for children working directly with the clinician
- Space together with the child for parent coaching
- The clinician may ask you, in advance, to gather different items at home (board game, blocks, play food, ect.)
Please let us know if you would like more information! If you are interested in adding Teletherapy sessions to your child’s schedule while we are on hiatus from the office, please email admin@buildingblockstherapy.
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