The "S" in a Teletherapy SOAP Note
Updated: Mar 25, 2021
It's likely every SLP has been reminded of the "if it wasn't documented, it didn't happen" philosophy when writing the subjective section of a SOAP note. When documenting a teletherapy speech session, the virtual environment has a few unique considerations that could impact The "S" in a Teletherapy SOAP Note.
Pearson Clinical's telepractice implementation follows a "Five Theme Framework" (Eichstadt, Castilleja, Jakubowitz, & Wallace, 2013), which I've found helpful in organizing my thoughts for the "S" section in SOAP notes as well as teletherapy evaluation observations. While some of these questions may be similar to those that you mentally hash through in a in-person setting, there is definitely a tele-twist!
Was troubleshooting required?
Was sound quality established and maintained, intermittent, delayed, or compromised?
Was video established and maintained, intermittent, delayed or compromised?
Were there background noises (i.e., pet, siblings) or visual distractions (i.e., objects on desk, snacks, toys, TV, video games)?
How familiar were you with digital materials presented?
How familiar were you with your platform?
Did you collaborate with a learning coach?
Have you already established a virtual rapport with your student or client?
Did your student attend to the screen?
Did they actively interact on screen and participate in tasks?
Did your student just wake up in the morning or from a nap?
How familiar and comfortable with technology is your student?
How competent with technology is your student?
What type of digital or non-digital task was most engaging?
How did your student respond - via microphone or chat box?
Did you make any recommendations?
Did you discuss home environment implementation?
Were they early, on-time, late, or having "connection difficulties"?
Did they disconnect early or get "kicked out"?
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