Common Speech Therapy Questions
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Step 2: Evaluation
A comprehensive evaluation will be completed for identifying any communication and swallowing difficulties. Each evaluation will conclude with an individualized treatment plan.
Step 3: Treatment
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Online Therapy Success
Helpful Strategies for Optimal Online Experience
- Have access to a phone, tablet, or computer
- Reliable internet connection
- Adequate lighting
- Access to webcam and speakers (external speakers can be helpful)
- Quiet space
- Have a helper available (as applicable)
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is online speech therapy?
Online speech therapy sessions are very similar to traditional speech therapy sessions with one major exception, instead of sitting in the same room, the patient and speech therapists interact through a HIPAA compliant live video conferencing platform by computer, tablet, or smart phone.
Is it safe for my child to look at the screen all day in school, therapy, and for fun?
The American Psychological Association has set recommendations to limit screen time for all children (especially those under 2 years of age). BUT the exception is video chatting! Online speech therapy is a video chat that is live interaction and enhances learning as your speech therapist talks and plays with your child while still working on your child’s goals. In fact, studies have shown children can learn new words through video chat and live interactions much more effectively than through prerecorded videos.
Is my child too young for online speech therapy? My child can’t sit still in front of a computer.
Online speech therapy is not age specific and can improve a child’s speech, language, and swallow abilities with family support. Online speech therapy does not have to be in front of the computer. Having your child play with his/her favorite toy is just as effective as web-based activities. It is time to think out of the box. Who said a therapist can’t improve /s/ sounds in a toddler’s pool practicing the words “splash”, “slide”, “sliding”, “so wet,” or even “splish splash!” It’s time to get creative for more meaningful learning that is proven to transfer to more long-term learning. The clinic setting at times can be more restrictive than what can be provided in the home.
The speech therapist will also provide a coaching model of therapy for you. This will involve learning techniques and exercises to help your loved one’s abilities grow. This is an amazing opportunity for you to take what you learn during online speech therapy and implement it throughout the week. Speech therapy goals, exercises, and techniques will change to meet your loved one’s advancement needs.
Does online speech therapy work as well as in-person?
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) directs speech therapists that online speech therapy can only be provided when the services are equal to or better than in-person sessions. This is based on numerous research studies that have shown teletherapy to be an effective form of therapy for the treatment of Apraxia of Speech, alternative augmentative communication users, Autism, feeding/swallowing disorders, stuttering, speech sound disorders, speech-language disorders, traumatic brain injuries, stroke rehabilitation, and more.
Online speech therapy is comparable to in-person sessions and is considered an effective mode of service delivery. For techniques where the child or adult might need physical cues (ie. maybe touching their mouths to show them where to make a sound), the speech therapist will work with the parent, caregiver, or family member during the session to follow through with those cues. In a sense, you become the “hands and eyes” of the speech therapist, while the therapist is still in control and directing the speech therapy session.
How can the speech therapist improve my child's or parent's swallowing ability virtually?
During our free consultation the speech therapist will learn about what your newborn, pediatric, and adult feeding/swallowing concerns are and if prior speech therapy treatment has been received. As appropriate, a sample of testing materials will be mailed to you prior to your loved one’s online speech therapy evaluation. After a plan of care has been established, the family is invited to purchase the requested items to facilitate safer bottle feeding, sippy cup drinking, and/or proactively modified liquids or food in the home.
The speech therapist acts as the facilitator to set-up a strong individualized home exercise program to improve your loved one’s quality of life through compensatory strategies, strengthening exercises, and diet modification as appropriate. If your speech therapist has suspicion for silent choking, concerns for unexplained bedside symptoms, or unexplained recurrent pneumonia (just like attending an in-person speech therapy session), a Modified Barium Swallow Video may be recommended to further assess your loved one’s swallow function and safety.
Feeding and swallow rehabilitation is a team effort and shouldn’t be taken lightly to improve a person’s safety and quality of life!
What can I expect at my speech therapy evaluation?
A formal online speech therapy evaluation can last anywhere between 1 – 2 hours over 1 to 2 days, depending on the areas being assessed. Sometimes an evaluation gives the most accurate results over two sessions for improved concentration and participation.
Your speech therapist will conduct a thorough case history, participate in clinical observation, and use standardized / non-standardized test measures to get a well-rounded picture of the patient’s strengths and areas for improvement.
All of the information is compiled and analyzed by the speech therapist. A written in-depth evaluation report of testing results and recommendations will be finalized and available for your review and physician(s) of choice. Your speech therapist will provide you a verbal summary of the evaluation results, review new plan of care goals moving forward, and set-up a strong home exercise program.
How can my mother or father learn virtually if they have limited computer skills?
For clients that are not technologically savvy, having a designated helper present to set-up the online speech therapy session is all that’s needed. The speech therapist can give remote access or can control the session depending on your loved one’s technological capabilities. This also gives the “helper” an opportunity to learn new speech therapy techniques and exercises to help your loved one’s speech, language, cognitive, and swallow skills grow.
How do I meet with my therapist?
Every online speech therapy session will contain a video conferencing link within the invite. Our video conferencing software is HIPAA compliant and doesn’t require any downloads. All you need is a modern device and an internet connection.
Is there any paperwork I should fill-out prior to my first visit?
Yes. Once your appointment is scheduled, our team will email you directly using a secure portal where you will receive all paperwork to fill-out and complete prior to your online speech therapy evaluation.
Does Healthy Speech Solutions offer self-pay services?
We do offer self-pay opportunities. Please click on the “pricing/insurance” link for further details.
Liz Patton, MS, CCC-SLP
Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist
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