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Online Speech Therapy


  • About Online Speech Therapy

  • Evaluation and Treatment

  • Resources

  • About Online Speech Therapy

    About Online Speech Therapy

    Now Offering Speech Therapy Online!

    Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy now offers remote speech and language therapy! Your child can now receive exceptional, consistent treatment from our experienced speech-language pathologists in the comfort of your own home, without having to travel.

    What is Online Speech Therapy?

    See a video demonstration:  https://youtu.be/hO6XvadArRk 

    Online therapy (sometimes called Telepractice) is the application of telecommunications technology to the delivery of speech language pathology professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client.

    Online speech therapy has been an approved mode of delivery by the American Speech and Hearing Association since 2005.  During an online session, the speech pathologist and client meet via a highly secure video conferencing platform.

    Research has shown that online speech therapy can be just as effective as traditional, in-person therapy.  Please visit our “Resources” page to learn more about the evidence supporting telepractice in speech language pathology.

    How Does it Work?

    Before scheduling your first remote session, we will complete an initial, in-person evaluation in our office to make sure that telepractice is a good fit for your child and family. 

    To participate in online sessions, you just need a computer with internet access and a webcam. Kitestrings staff and the software provider we use are available to help resolve any troubleshooting issues that may occur.

    For more information, please call Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy at 512-261-3584 or visit our website at kitestringstherapy.com.

  • Evaluation and Treatment

    Evaluation and Treatment

    EVALUATIONS

    *ALL INITIAL EVALUATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED ON SITE AT THE CLINIC.  

    Evaluations include a comprehensive intake of history and reported concerns.  

    Depending upon your child's age, assessment may include standardized assessment, informal assessment, and play-based interactions.  

    Upon completion of the evaluation a verbal report will be provided with results and recommendations, followed by a written report.

     

    TREATMENT

    Treatment is based upon a plan of care established by the treating therapist.  

    Therapy may involve structured tasks and play-based activities depending upon the targeted goal. 

  • Resources

    Resources

     

    American Speech and Hearing Association Telepractice Link:

    https://www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Professional-Issues/Telepractice/

     

    Texas Telepractice Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists:

    https://www.asha.org/Advocacy/state/info/TX/Texas-Telepractice-Requirements/

     

    Reimbursement of Telepractice Services:

    https://www.asha.org/Practice/reimbursement/Reimbursement-of-Telepractice-Services/

     

     

    Research articles on telepractice:

    Brain injury: 

    Brennan, D. M., Georgeadis, A. C., Baron, C. R., & Barker, L. M. (2004). The effect of videoconference-based telerehab on story retelling performance by brain injured subjects and its implication for remote speech-language therapy. Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, 10, 147–154.

     

    Stuttering:

    Carey, B., O’Brian, S., Lowe, R., & Onslow, M. (2014). Webcam delivery of the Camperdown Program for adolescents who stutter: A phase II trial. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 45, 314–324.

     

    Articulation assessment:

    Crutchley, S., Dudley, W., & Campbell, M. (2010). Articulation assessment through videoconferencing: A pilot study. Communications of Global Information Technology, 2, 12–23.

     

    Speech-language therapy:

    Taylor, O., Armfield, N., Dodrill, P., & Smith, A. (2014). A review of the efficacy and effectiveness of using telehealth for paediatric speech and language assessment. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 20, 405–412.

     

    Grogan-Johnson, S., Alvares, R., Rowan, L., & Creaghead, N. (2010). A pilot study comparing the effectiveness of speech language therapy provided by telemedicine with conventional on-site therapy. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 16, 134–139.

     

    Speech sound disorder:

     

    Grogan-Johnson, S., Gabel, R., Taylor, J., Rowan, L., Alvarex, R., & Schenker, J. (2011). A pilot exploration of speech sound disorder intervention delivered by telehealth to school-age children. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 3, 31–42.

     

    Grogan-Johnson, S., Schmidt, A., Schenker, Alvares, R., Rowan, L., & Taylor, J. (2013). A comparison of speech sound intervention delivered by telepractice and side-by-side service delivery models. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 34, 210–220.

     

    Motor speech disorders:

    Hill, A. J., Theodoros, D. G., Russell, T. G., Cahill, L. M., Ward, E. C., & Clark, K. M. (2006). An Internet-based telerehabilitation system for the assessment of motor speech disorders: A pilot study. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15, 45–56.

     

    Cochlear Implants:

    Hughes, M. L., Goehring, J. L., Baudhuin, J. L., Diaz, G. R., Sanford, T., Harpster, R., & Valente, D. L. (2012). Use of telehealth for research and clinical measures in cochlear implant recipients: A validation study.Journal Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55, 1112–1127.

     

    Autism:

    Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C., Trembath, D., Hurdy, K., Erickson, S., & Spong, J. (2016). Family and practitioner perspectives on telehealth for services to young children with autism. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 231, 63–73.

     

    Preschool children:

     

    McCullough, A. (2001). Viability and effectiveness of teletherapy for pre-school children with special needs. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 36, 321–326.

     

    Simacek, J., Dimian, A., & McComas, J. (2017). Communication intervention for young children with severe neurodevelopmental disabilities via telehealth. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 744–767.