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The Novelty of Teletherapy

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Nothing gets a conversation going like my answer to the token “Where do you work?” question. My answer? “I’m a virtual SLP - I work online.” Almost always, the immediate response is: “Online? How does that work?” Allow me to explain The Novelty of Teletherapy.

slp teletherapy

It’s kinda like FaceTime..

Almost everyone knows what FaceTime is, or have at least used some sort of video-call. This immediately helps connect the dots for those grappling with the idea of the logistics of online therapy! But of course, telepractice is much more than just a FaceTime call.

My basic needs for a teletherapy session:

  1. Laptop

  2. Web camera

  3. Headset with attached microphone

  4. High-speed internet connection

  5. Video-conferencing software (platform)

So sure, there’s a video-call where clinicians and clients and see and hear each other in real-time across space and time, but we can also share worksheets, pictures, and games in our platform “classroom.”

The actual therapy is basically the same…

There may be a physical barrier between clinician and client, but Teletherapy can potentially overcome so many other barriers across space and time. ASHA states that it can “overcome barriers of access to services caused by distance, unavailability of specialists and, or subspecialists, and impaired mobility.” (ASHA, 2019).


  • an SLP

  • giving my multi-modality cues

  • applying principles of remediation in treating articulation, language, fluency, voice, AAC, and social communication disorders

  • facilitating productions and responses through props, worksheets, games, etc.

  • a team player

It’s just all online!

YES, it actually works…

“Does it work?” is probably my favorite follow up question. There have been countless occasions that I can see this question written right across the person’s forehead, but it won’t get asked out of wanting to be polite. But, YES, YES, YES. It works. And I have the data from therapy sessions to prove it.

But if you’re still skeptical about it, read some of the research:

For more information visit:


International Journal of Telerehabilitation

As with any novel addition to a field, there are both benefits and hindrances, but I believe and research shows, telepractice in the field of speech pathology has a great many benefits already and more continue to be discovered.

-Angela C. Hancock, MSP, CCC-SLP

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