The Technical Challenges Of Telepractice
Recently, speech-language therapy has undergone a quiet revolution. You guessed it, like everything else, it’s gone online, and it is called telepractice (or teletherapy). As technology accelerates, the revolution continues to gather steam. So perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at some of the criticisms of telepractice to see if they are accurate and justify the hesitation of a full embrace.
Perhaps the most readily apparent problems that seem to plague telepractice are in the technical realm which are virtually nonexistent when the therapy session is face to face. For example, It would seem to be difficult for the client to communicate with a therapist who is not in the same room. Simply put, where is the eye contact if client and therapist do not face to face?
1. The Visual Challenge And Its Solution
But this doesn’t need to be a problem. The fact is that there is much that the SLP can do through the online venue to promote eye contact and thereby enhance clinical effectiveness. Besides the therapist making eye contact, the client needs to look directly into the camera also to ensure eye contact which will result in a more natural interaction between therapist and client.