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

  • Michael P. Towey Waldo County General Hospital, Voice & Swallowing Center of Maine, Belfast, Maine

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.

  

Published
2012-12-14
How to Cite
Towey, M. P. (2012). Speech Telepractice: Installing a Speech Therapy Upgrade for the 21st Century. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2012.6112
Section
Brief Communication