Speech Telepractice: Installing a Speech Therapy Upgrade for the 21st Century

Michael P. Towey

Abstract


Much of speech therapy involves the clinician guiding the therapeutic process (e.g., presenting stimuli and eliciting client responses); however, this Brief Communication describes a different approach to speech therapy delivery. Clinicians at Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) use high definition audio and video to engage clients in telepractice using interactive web-based virtual environments. This technology enables clients and their clinicians to co-create salient treatment activities using authentic materials captured via digital cameras, video and/or curricular materials.  Both therapists and clients manipulate the materials and interact online in real-time. The web-based technology engenders highly personalized and engaging activities, such that clients’ interactions with these high interest tasks often continue well beyond the therapy sessions.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2012.6112

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