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School Based Telepractice Services

TelepracticeNETSLP offers a full range of speech therapy services online. We provide direct services including treatments and assessments as well as indirect services such as training, consultation, IEP development, and meetings. The majority of our services are provided through a secure web-based system that utilizes HIPAA compliant encryption and industry standard privacy procedures. NETSLP's goal is to meet each student’s need by providing direct intervention and therapy as well as providing resources to on-site teams such as teachers, paraprofessionals and caregivers to enhance the education on speech and language development. Our speech therapists provide communication with schools/teachers/parents using the methods of online meetings, email and phone communication.

What is Telepractice?

Telepractice is a new addition to the field of speech pathology and has become more widely used over the past three years. It is a service delivery method that is rapidly gaining interest in the U.S. and internationally for the provision of direct and indirect speech and language services. It is an emerging area of service delivery in speech and language pathology that is likely to become an integral part of mainstream practice in the future.

Telepractice was approved by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as an appropriate service delivery in 2005. ASHA's position is that “Telepractice is an appropriate model of service delivery for the profession of speech-language pathology.” To view ASHA’s position statement click here.

How is Telepractice Implemented in Schools?

Speech pathologists use telepractice to provide direct and indirect speech and language services to schools. Direct services include therapy that targets speech sound disorders, receptive or expressive language disorders, voice, fluency, executive functioning, social pragmatics, just to name a few. When sensibly implemented, a telepractice speech-language delivery model promotes free and appropriate public education , creates additional or more consistent direct and indirect service opportunities, enables real-time collaboration with team members, complements traditional, on-site service delivery models and energizes student learning.

Speech pathologists also use telepractice to consult and train on-site teams, individuals and or families through web-based connections on a variety of strategies to promote the speech and language development.

What is Needed to Start Telepractice?

A successful telepractice program requires a strong collaboration between NETSLP clinicians and participating schools. NETSLP will work closely with on-site personnel such as administrators, teachers, and IT specialists to initiate and sustain the telepractice program.

Standard hardware and software is required to support a telepractice program. Telepractice for speech-language treatment requires some basic equipment at both the provider's location and at the "remote" site location:

Hardware Requirements:

  • Computer with monitor
  • Webcam w/microphone
  • Speakers and/or headset
  • Phone in the room
  • Printer (optional)

Software Requirements:

  • Online conferencing "platform" (video, audio, instant messaging), which may or may not include a shared work platform or desktop sharing

Internet Connection

  • High-speed Internet access by which the locations connect to each other

It is essential that all personnel involved in the telepractice program are adequately trained. NETSLP provides foundational training targeted to the needs of the on-site school based team.

Being able to connect and work with a student is only one part of the process. To ensure that telepractice is an appropriate method of service delivery for students, NETSLP clinicians are highly trained in the critical elements of telepractice service delivery such as need assessments, quality assurances, and on-site trainings and procedures.

We work closely with your team to ensure that the supports and infrastructure are in place before telepractice services are implemented. The preparation supports the development, implementation and sustainability of an effective telepractice program.

Please contact us for more information. We offer a free 15 minute consultation to determine if telepractice is a good fit for your school.