Teletherapy… tele-what?! Te-le-the-ra-py. Teletherapy uses live audio and video communication so that therapy services can be provided… just about anywhere! At Exceptional Speech Therapy, we offer speech and occupational teletherapy to eligible children throughout the state of Florida.
We use a parent-friendly, HIPPA compliant (privacy protected) platform, called Zoom, to connect your child with one of our highly trained specialists. Zoom enables our therapists to share screens so children can actively interact, participate, and engage with a variety of developmentally appropriate activities.
Who is it for?
Some children participate in teletherapy with minimal parental help, while others require full parental involvement.
No matter your child’s age, teletherapy can work remarkably well. Some children participate in teletherapy with minimal parental help, while others require full parental involvement.
For our older children, our therapists often use fun interactive activities in order to increase engagement and participation.
For our younger ones, parents act as our hands, as they are guided to play therapeutically with the use of daily objects and toys. Teletherapy is also integrated into daily activities (e.g., mealtime, dresstime, bathtime), which is not only convenient for the parent, but it is also one of the best times to target goals.
To add to the benefits of teletherapy, parents can be assured that their child is gaining valuable skills and social experiences in the comfort of their natural environment.
Does it work?
Along with tons of supporting research, our therapists and parents have seen extensive progress in our children.
There is extensive research that supports the efficacy of speech and occupational teletherapy. Along with research that supports teletherapy, our therapists and parents have seen extensive progress in our children that have been receiving speech and occupational teletherapy services, largely due to the rapid carryover of skills in the home setting. The parents are using the exact strategies and prompts that our therapists utilize to target specific goals, resulting in increased carryover of skills in everyday activities. Once children carry over the learned skills into settings beyond therapy, that is when all of the progress can be observed.
The idea of teletherapy can seem overwhelming; however, due to the positive results we’ve seen, we encourage you to give it a try.
Ok, but is there any research on teletherapy?
A systematic review was conducted to determine if teletherapy-delivered speech-language pathology interventions are as effective as traditional in-person delivery for children, revealing “both telehealth and in-person participants made significant and similar improvements.” (Wales, D., Skinner, L., & Hayman, M., 2017).
A study examined the use of telepractice as a method of speech and language services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), revealing that “a telepractice service delivery method is an effective and valid way to provide interventions to students with ASD” (Boisvert, M., 2012).
A research project conducted by the Mayo Clinic indicated: “telemedicine evaluations can be reliable, beneficial, and acceptable to patients with a variety of acquired speech and language disorders, both in rural settings and within large multidisciplinary medical settings.” (Duffy, J.R., Werven, G., Aronson, A., 1997).
We truly care about all our clients, giving them all the attention and commitment necessary to obtain the greatest success.
We believe in having the best-educated and trained therapists utilizing the most effective techniques is pivotal to providing superior therapy and consumer satisfaction. We invest aggressively to ensure we have the best therapists and techniques.
We take pride in obtaining the highest quality in everything we do — from using the most current effective techniques, to selecting top of the line staff and creating a nurturing environment.
We personalize each client’s therapy by addressing their needs and building on their strengths in order to achieve optimum success. We take the results of each client personally.
We are totally dedicated and committed to providing the best speech therapy by passionately implementing our core values with each client. We are passionate about obtaining the greatest success and satisfied clients.
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