One of the most important thing to remember as an educator is the fact that there is so much more to be learned outside of textbooks and syllabus guidelines.
This makes non-conventional methods worth seriously investing in and concentrating on as a way of ensuring all-rounded growth and development for the kids.
One of the more recent forms of non-conventional learning is teletherapy. Strictly speaking, it is more of a treatment formulation than an education strategy. However, it goes without saying that teletherapy can and has contributed greatly to academic performance in exposed children.
Below are 3 important things that every school needs to know about teletherapy as a way of supplementing mainstream education.
1 – The basics of speech teletherapy
So what is speech teletherapy? By definition, teletherapy refers to a form of treatment or training delivery that relies on the use of computers as the interface between the clinician and the student. Also referred to as telepractice, this method can be used for anything from treatment of anxiety and depression to speech therapy and occupational therapy, especially for children.
Teletherapy allows flexibility and widespread resource sharing, which is what makes it such a great addition to the school program. Speech teletherapy in particular comes in handy in kindergarten and elementary school settings where you have cases of delayed speech or other speech developmental delays.
2 – How does teletherapy benefit children?
Having understood what teletherapy is and how it can be useful in a school setting, below are a few of the benefits that students, faculty, and school administration will enjoy from implementing teletherapy.
- It’s cost effective.
- It’s fun, interactive, and allows kids to bond and forget about their worries.
- It allows easy assessment and analysis of progress in terms of speech and other social aspects such as ease of interaction.
- It’s a flexible system and can easily be incorporated into any school district.
- It’s convenient for the school, the teletherapists, and the parents since no travel is involved.
- It’s very effective.
3 – How can your school implement teletherapy and get great results?
Finally, your school needs to understand how to successfully implement teletherapy for maximum benefit.
Obviously, the first step is to identify the children in your school who can significantly benefit from teletherapy. As I’m sure you know, this is sometimes best discovered through the teachers who are in direct contact with these children every day.
Having found those who need it most, the next part is to contact Global Teletherapy to help your school implement it.
Lastly, you’ll need to work with both the teletherapist and paraprofessional to help find the perfect time slot for sessions. Ideally, this should be planned around the child’s schedule and comfort level.
With all the incredible benefits that you and the children at your school have to look forward to, there is no denying the fact that teletherapy is something worth trying out.
The information and tips above should help you get started to ensure that you get the best results as soon as possible.