How SLPs Can Use Teletherapy as a Supplemental Income

There’s no shame in being a traditional SLP, working in a school or outpatient setting. SLPs are by trade “helpers” so helping people comes naturally. For the most part, many SLPs are happy in a traditional speech therapy setting and the income they’re making. Yet, other SLPs may desire or need a supplemental income. If you’re one of the thousands of SLPs who would like the opportunity to earn an extra income, teletherapy may be exactly what you’re looking for.

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Top 5 Reasons to be a Teletherapist

Through the convenience of the internet, our lives have been forever changed. There isn’t much we can’t do in front of a computer or smart phone screen. Need groceries? Place an order and have them delivered to your door. Looking to buy a car? Shop thousands of cars from your couch and save time so you can test drive your favorites.

It’s with that same level of ease that teletherapy is changing how speech therapists see patients. Teletherapy has the unique ability to blend the benefits of living in a connected digital age with traditional counseling and therapy. Becoming a teletherapist is often more practical and just as effective as traditional speech therapy.

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The Benefits of Using Telepractice for Speech Sound Disorders

As telepractice becomes more widely available as a method for serving individuals with communication impairments, family members may wonder if it is a good fit for their child. One of the most commonly-addressed conditions that is addressed through telepractice is the area of Speech Sound Disorders. Caretakers who are considering telepractice may ask, “What are the benefits of pursuing treatment through telepractice?” “Are there any limitations?”

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Teletherapy 101: What SLPs Need to Know About Licensing

Most therapy and education professionals have a plethora of questions before jumping into telepractice – we don’t blame you! The information is out there, but it can be time-consuming to uncover it all at once. We’re dedicated to making that part easier for you. We’re starting off by discussing an essential subject that is required for any clinician before they start – obtaining the required licenses and credentials to work as a teletherapist. We’re answering some of the common questions about licensing right here. Read More

The Importance of Speech Therapy in the Transgender Community

The transgender community lives with more stigma, harassment, and discrimination than the general population, regardless of what stage of transition they’re in. Despite the hurdles that men and women endure during the transition period, there has been a significant increase in the number of people transitioning. In 2016 it was estimated that nearly 1.4 billion people identified as transgender.

Besides the physical changes a person’s body must go through to complete the transitioning process, so must the voice. Voice Modification Therapy (VMT) has become more accepted over the last decade and has created a need for more specialized speech-language therapy. Read More

Speech Therapy Has Gone to the Dogs

If you’ve ever owned a dog, you understand that dogs can be wonderful companions. They are loyal, fun, patient, and easy to talk to. Dogs are known to be more than man’s best friend; they’re also children’s best friend. More speech-language therapists are discovering that dogs not only make good companions – they make excellent speech therapy assistants. Read More

Mental Health Awareness: How Teletherapy Can Help

Mental Illness Awareness Week falls on the first week of October each year. This week’s awareness topic is near and dear to our hearts, as it’s become more prominent and crucial than ever before, and affecting people of all ages, especially students. Students need more support now than ever, and this is where teletherapy can be somewhat of a superhero to kids in need. How, you ask? There are multiple benefits of using teletherapy for mental health. Here are just a few:

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Dismantling the Road Blocks to Speech and Language Disorders

Recognizing a language or speech disorder isn’t always easy. As SLPs, we often encounter barriers on the road to diagnosing and treating a language or speech disorder in children. At times it may feel as though we’re running into one roadblock after another. Some of those roadblocks are other developmental difficulties or disorders that mask language and speech disorders, while others may be environmental influences.

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Activities to Improve Language Processing

Far too often we focus on the wrong things when treating Language Processing. We focus on the pronouns, the letter combination sounds, and sentence structure. Of course, these are important but before we jump into these skills first, we tend to lose sight of the need to treat language processing (LP) first. Nearly all of our activities are done through language. When processing skills are an issue, it’s hard for us to communicate what to do if we don’t understand what it is we’re doing or the tools we’re using. For instance, asking a student to paint a picture will result in frustration if they don’t know what a paintbrush is. Read More

MythBuster! Taking the Fake News Out of Developmental Language Disabilities

One of our roles as SLPs is being an advocate. We tirelessly advocate on behalf of our clients to state, federal, and local government, doctors and insurance. We advocate to teachers, family, and friends and we advocate to the general public, because it is often the general public that misunderstands the most about DLDs but comes to us when a speech or language disorder is suspected in their own children.

Misinformation and falsehoods about DLDs are one of the most popular reasons why people don’t seek out therapy for their children. As SLPs we are constantly dispelling myths about DLDs so more people can seek out the treatment they need for their children. Read More