Differences in States in Tele-Practice Legislation

The advent of telepractice poses unique problems with regards to state licensing, and many states are struggling to build the legal groundwork to allow access to treatment while still maintaining a standard of protection for residents. The problem lies in distance. A telepractitioner is not restricted to in-state practice, and can serve anyone in any location. While the efficacy of the treatment has been proven time and again, the traditional medical model calls for individual state licensing. Read More

ASHA’s New Special Interest Group for Tele-Practice

In October 2010, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) formed a new special interest group (SIG 18) with the admirable goals of education for telepractice professionals, leadership, and advocacy for the industry.

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Where to Find Resources on Being an Effective Telepractitioner

If you’re just starting your career as an SLP, you might be interested in the emerging field of telepractice, which is the use of technology, including videoconferencing, internet, and the telephone to deliver testing, evaluation, and treatment services to patients from a central location. Here’s a list of resources to help you get started. Read More

ASHA’s Position on TelePractice, and TelePractice’s Acceptance by Other Professions

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) endorsed telepractice as a viable solution for delivering services in 2005. Here’s the official position statement:

ASHA’s position on telepractice is that “telepractice is an appropriate model of service delivery for the professions of speech-language pathology [and audiology]. Telepractice may be used to overcome barriers of access to services caused by distance, unavailability of specialists and/or subspecialists, and impaired mobility.” Read More

How Teletherapy Can Combat Speech Therapist Shortage

Within the next 10 years or so, there is an expected shortage of speech therapists. In part this is due to an increased demand, but it is also due to the large number of speech therapists that will be retiring. Additional complications arise from the increase of patients who have a native language other than English. One way this shortage can be combatted is by utilizing the relatively new delivery method of teletherapy. Teletherapy can be especially beneficial for multilingual patients. Read More