We are excited to announce treating our patients with Teletherapy (also known as Telepractice) has been a great success! Teletherapy works not only for those of us who may be home sick, but also for those who have trouble making it into the office on a weekly basis. Some insurance companies reimburse for teletherapy.
Helping Children Through COVID-19 Succeed Using Speech-Language Teletherapy
By Anita Werner, M.S. CCC-SLP
We did it! We made speech and language teletherapy work in our practice. That is quite an accomplishment. We see children of all ages and they have many different diagnoses. The progress we have seen is wonderful.
What our clients are saying about Teletherapy!
Learn More About Teletherapy for Your Child
During the COVID-19, Telepractice/teletherapy:
- For a PSLS client, this is a great way to avoid gaps in therapy progress and to access continued therapy in the comfort and safety of your own home.
- For a NEW client, this is a means to access help for your child, even if you were NOT a previous client of PSLS. We are happy to take speech and language testing already completed by another practice or a school and help you implement therapy services. Does your child need an evaluation? Let’s talk.
How Are Sessions Different?
- You need an internet connection. You also need a computer, a tablet with a webcam (i.e. iPad), or a camera phone.
- We can still provide therapy materials in this medium that your child can see on the screen. A session can include the use of videos, worksheets, stories, PowerPoint presentations, toys, household objects, and interactive activities.
- For younger children, such as toddlers, we use materials that you already have. Therapy was always intended to be something you can follow through with at home using toys you already have.
- With any age child, we will use interactive games and exercises, as well as parent coaching.
Is Therapy Effective in Telepractice?
Research studies have revealed that online services can be as effective as face-to-face instruction in most cases. For information on evidence-based telepractice for speech and language therapy, you can review some of the research on all ages at https://www.theinformedslpmembers.com/free-telepractice-research-reviews
How is Telepractice Beneficial?
- Telepractice allows your child to continue to receive the same therapy with the same clinician to help your child continue to make progress, while s/he is not able to attend in-person sessions
- Some children are highly motivated and engaged by computer activities.
- Many have been thrilled to have visits at their home from their speech-language pathologist. They want to show them their toys, their pets, and other things in the home.
- Telepractice allows parents to be an even more active participant in therapy sessions.
- It allows parents to learn about all the different ways to use things within the home as tools for therapy. It can be an exciting way to engage with your child in a structured way with coaching from your child’s therapist.
Do You Still Take Insurance?
- Yes. In light of COVID-19, many insurance companies are temporarily covering teletherapy services. For Arizona-based insurance companies, Governor Ducey has implemented a mandate for telehealth coverage.
- It is your responsibility to check your insurance benefits and eligibility for therapy services. Remember to get the name of the person you speak with and the transaction number of the call. If you have an out-of-state insurance company, you will need to carefully check your benefits.
- Remember, ultimately you are responsible for payment for all services that were not covered by your insurance plan.
In the end, this therapy is you, your child, and the therapist you already know interacting. The goals are the same and the people are the same. We are committed to providing you and your children with the same quality therapy services while allowing everyone to remain safe and follow health guidelines.
In these uncertain and rapidly changing times, we look forward to working with you and your child through this new platform. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your therapist or any member of our team with questions, thoughts and concerns.
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