Speech/Language Telepractice


What is telepractice?

Speech/language telepractice is the delivery of speech/language services using real-time, two-way interactive teleconferencing connections.  It is defined by ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) as follows:

“Telepractice Speech/Language Therapy is the application of telecommunications technology to deliver professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client for assessment, intervention, or consultation.” (ASHA 2005)

This ASHA video explains its support of telepractice.

How does speech/language telepractice service delivery work in the schools?

Through consultation with IEP team members, the SLP (speech/language pathologist) identifies students who would be good candidates (ASHA 2005 Technical Report) for this service delivery. The SLP delivers speech/language services via telecommunications technology based on the goals and objectives identified in the student’s IEP. 

This video on telepractice service delivery demonstrates the application of telepractice in the schools and describes some of the benefits for school districts.  
What is ASHA’s position on speech/language telepractice service delivery?

Through research, ASHA has affirmed that telepractice is an effective service delivery model for speech/language/hearing services as indicated in the position statement (ASHA 2005).