WHAT IS ALL THIS?
Teletherapy is a growing subsection of speech pathology as school districts, medical centers, and patients struggle to find quality care providers in their area. This is especially true of rural areas, so telepractice offers a unique opportunity for us to serve clients who may otherwise go without services.
If you're curious if it works, yes. ASHA has backed telepractice as a viable model of service delivery for a long time now so long as you offer the same quality of service as you would in person. There are some rules to keep in mind regarding licensure across state lines, but that's what we're here to help with.
what do you offer?
We offer consultations and counseling to new clinicians learning the ropes of teletherapy, contracts for clinicians interested in working with private and school-based clients, and continuing education courses specific to telepractice.
what are the advantages?
Flexibility. In comparison to a lot of in-person jobs, telepractice allows for more flexibility with scheduling clients how you want. If you need to take an hour off to pick up your kid from daycare, go ahead. Just schedule your therapy times around that need.
Work from home. You cannot beat the luxury of having more time with your family, being able to do a load of laundry between sessions, or just saving gas money.
Cutting-edge technology. Stay ahead of the curve by learning a new area of the field. We will train you in how to run a seamless telepractice session, pick the right materials, manage behaviors, and troubleshoot technology.
Less burn out. Telepractice allows us to reduce prep time, paperwork time, and commute time which drags on our day. As a result, most clinicians report feeling more connected with their clients through telepractice because they have the time to offer quality service without feeling swamped.
WHAT TECHNOLOGY DO WE NEED?
A few things are important to get started with a teletherapy setup. During counseling or training, we will go into more detail, but this will give you a general idea if telepractice is right for you.
A PC or Mac (either stand alone or laptop)
If running PC, updated to Windows 7 or Windows 10
If running Mac, updated to Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or 10.11 (El Capitan)
A stable Internet connection, preferably through a wired Ethernet port
This must be at least 4 Mbps, which can be tested on www.speedtest.net
Web browser of your choice
Google Chrome version 39 or later
Mozilla Firefox version 34 or later
Internet Explorer version 8 or later
Apple Safari version 6 or later
One monitor or built-in laptop screen
Stand alone webcam or built-in laptop camera
In some cases, it may be necessary to have an additional camera for close up, high resolution images
Stand alone desktop microphone, built-in laptop microphone, or (preferred) USB headset with microphone
Standard keyboard and mouse
Some therapists prefer to have a printer on hand for printed materials, but this is not required
*Note: We do NOT recommend using Chromebooks, tablets, iPads, or phones to log-in to our sessions as they severely limit the capability of the platforms we use. A standard computer with keyboard and mouse is required to really access therapy. We have recommendations for all levels of hardware as you are looking to buy for set-up so please don't hesitate to ask us for recommendations!
WHAT IS IN THE ROOM?
A quiet, reserved room is essential for a good teletherapy session on both ends. We ask that our clients prepare a quiet space, and so our therapists are expected to do the same. This is in keeping with HIPAA and FERPA policies as well. Training will cover how to manage noise, distractions, light, and of course, tech troubleshooting.
HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?
Not a problem. We're happy to talk with you more about telepractice. Contact us today to learn more about our consulting services, contracts, or CEU courses.