BALTIMORE, January 4, 2018 (Newswire.com) - School districts across the United States are suffering from a shortage of speech-language pathologists, and rural schools are taking the brunt of it. Due to where they are located, hardly any speech-language pathologists are practicing nearby. Sadly, these staffing shortages prevent children in these areas from getting the speech therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health counseling they need.
Global Teletherapy, a leading provider of online therapy services, formed a well-respected team of SLPs, OTs, and mental health counselors who provide these schools with exactly what they need via secure, two-way video conferencing. In a word, it’s called: telepractice.
We provide just about the same thing that an in-person clinician would, only we are able to serve more students who would not normally have the opportunity to receive the therapy and counseling they need.
Alan Goode, CEO of Global Teletherapy
Clinicians involved in telepractice are held to very high standards. In fact, they are the same as those for in-person therapists. Not only that, but online SLPs are also required to meet every one of the requirements that in-person SLPs must meet, which are defined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). They must also hold ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence.
Alan Goode, the CEO of Global Teletherapy revealed what his clinicians have been doing to help schools and children across the United States. He noted, “We provide just about the same thing that an in-person clinician would, only we are able to serve more students who would not normally have the opportunity to receive the therapy and counseling they need.”
By being the bridge between schools and therapists, Global Teletherapy has been able to help SLPs, OTs, and mental health counselors find work while simultaneously providing crucial services to children who would have lost out on being recipients of such care.
Teletherapy has been used successfully since the late 1990s in tens of thousands of therapy sessions across the United States. It has been found to be an effective and appropriate treatment for speech disorders in 20 years of research by over 40 academic published peer-reviewed studies beginning with a landmark paper by the Mayo Clinic in 1997.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has recognized telepractice as an appropriate method of service delivery since 2005. Based on the substantial body of peer-reviewed research supporting it as an effective way to deliver speech therapy services, ASHA stated, “Telepractice is an appropriate model of service delivery for audiologists and speech-language pathologists.”
Global Teletherapy looks forward to continuing to fight the nationwide battle against therapist staffing shortages.
Source: Global Teletherapy