Frequently Asked Questions

Therapists

Why is teletherapy a good option for therapists?

Teletherapy is a dream come true for therapists. It offers convenient work hours with no need to travel. You can serve schools and children nationwide while working from the comfort of your own home. Other benefits include a single point of contact: therapists contract directly with Global Teletherapy–simplifying scheduling, paperwork, and payment. Our user-friendly EMR software makes progress monitoring easy and efficient through streamlining data with IEP objectives. You have easy access to records to review student progress with school administrators, parents, and teachers and provide them with graphs that visually represent the student’s progress over time. Scheduling and conferences with parents and schools are easy to manage by using our online tools and videoconferencing environment.

How do I apply for a job with Global Teletherapy?

Thank you for your interest in Global Teletherapy!

Due to the expanding interest in teletherapy in general, and in our company in particular, our protocol for all interested prospective therapists is for them to apply online: https://globalteletherapy.com/slps-apply-here. For insights that will help you better understand and navigate the exciting world of online therapy, check out our blog: https://globalteletherapy.com/blog.

It will be our pleasure to address any and all of your questions during an interview, which may be scheduled after submitting your resume.

What can Global Teletherapy offer me that other companies won’t?

Global Teletherapy provides training on how to deliver services via teletherapy and provides resources and activities that can be utilized as is or modified to meet specific student needs.

Here are some highlighted benefits of working for us:

  • Enjoy the flexibility as you work from home and grow your career at the same time.
  • Join a growing online community of innovative clinicians, exchange ideas, and grow skills in the exciting new area of ‘telepractice’.
  • Spend more time working with kids, less time in the car, in meetings, or doing paperwork.
  • Have a more manageable caseload and workload – you decide how much you'll work.
  • Be your own boss and grow your therapy job as an independent contractor with Global Teletherapy.

How much does a therapist make at Global Teletherapy?

Global Teletherapy pays therapists a competitive salary for direct time and automatically adds 25% to that to compensate for prep and documentation.

How much do I need to work and are there full-time opportunities available?

Generally, we look for therapists who have availability at least 5 hours per week. Beyond that, you can take on as much or as little as you want.

Yes! There is potential to take on full-time work. The more states you are licensed in, the more potential opportunity you will have!

Will Global Teletherapy supply activities and toys needed for therapy?

Yes. We have a library of resources and activities that we give you access to. We will also show you how to access great resources free of charge. For OT’s we provide a complimentary OT Toolkit which has many items that you can use in the therapy session, such as play dough, theraputty, adaptive paper, etc. However, the therapist is expected to have his/her own computer with Internet and a webcam (either built in or external).

How do online therapists communicate with teachers and parents?

The therapist initially makes contact with parents and teachers at the beginning of the year and provides their contact information. They email the teacher monthly–at a minimum–to discuss targets, progress, and needs in the classroom/curriculum. The online therapist will communicate with parents in the same way an onsite therapist would. Homework as well as notes are “sent-home” through a virtual backpack. Clinicians deliver IEP progress reports and participate in IEP meetings via video conference.

Schools

Why Is there a need for teletherapy?

Over 10% of America’s school-age population—between 6 and 7 million children—require special education; more than half requiring speech, occupational, or mental health therapy. There is a growing shortage of therapists to meet the increasing demand. Further exacerbating the problem, these therapists are unequally distributed geographically; many are concentrated in certain regions, leaving other areas with a shortage of available therapists. This worsening shortage in many parts of the country, particularly rural areas, makes it difficult for schools to provide adequate services for many of their children. The shortage has driven up the cost of therapy and put a heavy burden on already-overstretched school budgets and personnel, who must spend an inordinate amount of time searching for and managing scarce therapists. In some cases, schools have simply been unable to provide sufficient therapy to some students and have fallen short of federal mandates. Teletherapy comes to solve this problem.

What is the impact of the therapist shortage?

The growing shortages result in larger caseloads for district therapists. Larger caseloads mean higher costs, both directly and indirectly: therapists burnout and quit in frustration; districts face recruiting and turnover expenses; and students make slower—or no—progress against their IEP goals and remain in special education longer. Educating a student with special needs costs double that of a general education student, and students with special needs have been shown to drop out at a rate of twice the general education population. Teletherapy can potentially help hundreds of thousands of children access the services they need to thrive academically and in life.

How is Global Teletherapy addressing this problem?

With Global Teletherapy, time and geography are no longer barriers. We provide flexible access to therapists on an as-needed basis by providing consistent, high-quality therapy to students. In doing this, we partner with schools and free them from the time-consuming challenge of recruiting and managing clinicians. We take a significant administrative load off of school districts by handling recruiting, contracting, training, and supervision of therapists. This almost guarantees fewer headaches from dealing with therapist attrition and the consequential need to fill vacancies. We also streamline scheduling, ease tracking and reporting, and simplify auditing and compliance.

How else do schools benefit from online therapy?

Global Teletherapy affords schools previously unheard-of flexibility and access to top-notch therapists, as they are no longer limited to locally-based clinicians, but can draw from our large nationwide network of highly qualified, certified therapists. Schools also get better access to specialists as well as culturally and linguistically diverse therapists. Additionally, the technology allows for optimal reporting and communications, which leads to increased parent satisfaction. Schools are relieved of administrative headaches and expense. Districts no longer have to recruit, screen, and manage therapists, pay transportation expenses, or worry about interruptions in therapy when clinicians are absent, leave, or no longer with the district. We handle all these functions while helping to ensure uninterrupted service, freeing up staff time for other educational priorities.

How are the online sessions supervised?

An onsite paraprofessional (or a parent/learning coach for virtual school students) supervises and handles any hands-on requirements, especially for younger students. Some older students may not require supervision, depending on the policy of the school. Typically, the paraprofessional’s responsibility consists of bringing the children to and from the room where the therapy takes place and initiating the session (i.e. getting the child seated, adjusting the webcam, etc). Once the session has begun, the children are interacting with the therapist online, and the paraprofessional, while remaining on hand to assist if necessary, can do other work. A single paraprofessional can supervise several students participating in separate, simultaneous sessions or one session together.

Parents

How do kids feel about online therapy?

Growing up with digital technology, kids love online video interactions and computerized learning. They’re comfortable with computers and love the fun, game-based activities. They often find the experience less intimidating than in-person interactions.

What kind of therapist will work with my child?

Your child will work with a top-notch therapist. Global Teletherapy meticulously screens every clinician with a comprehensive interview and an exhaustive review of clinical experience, licenses, and qualifications. Upon acceptance, the therapist is is trained in the technology, and subsequent performance is closely monitored. We ensure that our online therapists are licensed and have all the necessary credentials for your state or region.

General

What is teletherapy?

Teletherapy is the online delivery of speech, occupational and mental health therapy services via two-way video conferencing. Teletherapy sessions are very similar to traditional speech, occupational therapy, or mental health sessions with one major exception. Instead of sitting in the same room, students and therapists interact via live video conferencing. Global Teletherapy handles recruitment and management of clinicians, and ensures that they are properly licensed and/or credentialed in the school district’s state. We assure that therapists are available when needed and handle session scheduling. The school district provides an onsite paraprofessional to facilitate logistics during therapy sessions.

How does teletherapy compare to traditional on site therapy?

Greater access to high-quality therapists, anytime/anywhere scheduling, and high-tech tools yield equal or better outcomes compared to national norms for traditional speech therapy. This has been validated by recent research funded by the Department of Education. Global Teletherapy promotes a better match between child and clinician by making it easier to access therapists with the appropriate linguistic or cultural backgrounds.

Why should I trust that teletherapy is really effective?

Online Speech Therapy is endorsed by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), and the Mayo Clinic. Online Mental Health Therapy is endorsed by The American Psychological Association, The National Association of Social Workers, The American Counseling Association, and HRSA. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) endorses Online Occupational Therapy. In addition, teletherapy is in full compliance with The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). While IDEA does not require a specific service delivery method, teletherapy is considered an appropriate mode of delivery for many students’ speech and language goals on IEPs (Individual Education Plans). The research to date on this topic, which is both extensive and peer-reviewed, clearly shows that teletherapy meets IDEA requirements.

What is the technical setup for teletherapy?

Setup is simple and straightforward! A Global Teletherapy representative will walk you through the process and provide any necessary support. All that is required is a computer with an Internet connection, a webcam, and an audio headset. If needed, we can provide a specified amount of webcams and headsets at no extra charge. The confidentiality and privacy of all student data and secure information is protected as our system is secure and encrypted per HIPPA and FERPA regulations and COPPA compliant.

How does Global Teletherapy ensure consistent service?

After assessment, every child is assigned to a particular clinician, who assumes responsibility for that child’s therapy. This arrangement promotes continuity and a trusting and consistent relationship between the online therapist, child, parents, and teacher. If the child needs a new therapist for any reason, Global Teletherapy will ease the transition with minimal disruption to the child’s therapy.