Teletherapy most definitely will work for your school district. Teletherapy is quite a revolution in speech therapy. Through the use of computers, the Internet, and a trusted technology, your students will have direct one-on-one access to a highly qualified and well-trained telepractitioner who can provide speech therapy services from anywhere.
Teletherapy removes the barrier of distance that all too often prevents rural schools and charter schools from having access to the clinicians they need. Also, ASHA has emphasized on numerous occasions just how incredibly helpful telepractice can be and that it has proven just as effective as in-person sessions.
Imagine not having to transport your students to and from therapy sessions. Think about how cost-effective it would be not to have to pay for a speech therapist’s bus or car fare bundled into his or her overall fee. Likewise, teletherapy can significantly reduce the excessive hassles related to transportation. It enables students and therapists alike to attend all of their sessions. If a car doesn’t start, no problem; the session can still go on as scheduled. Not only that, but teletherapy also allows for speech therapy sessions to happen on snowy days since no one has to step foot outside the house.
No Place Like Home
In many ways, teletherapy makes the child feel more at home. Instead of having to go into unfamiliar territory or a stuffy office, children can hop on the computer, play fun and interactive games that build their language skills, and comfortably interact with his or her SLP. The familiar surroundings of the students classroom (or even his or her home) coupled with the excitement of computers makes for the perfect setting for speech therapy sessions.