Doing speech therapy online (Telehealth) is fast becoming a widely available option in Australia, thanks to high speed Internet services and the national rollout of the National Broadband Network around the country. This is great news for people who struggle to attend face-to-face sessions, such as those who live in remote areas, lack mobility or need to be at home.
Braithwaite Speech and Learning offers online speech therapy for adults, teenagers and kids. If you have ever considered trying online speech therapy, here’s some information on how it works, the benefits and the conditions it can be used to treat.
Online speech therapy is speech therapy sessions delivered over the Internet. It works in a similar way to normal sessions, with the key difference being instead of sitting in the same room, the therapist and client interact with each other through a video conferencing platform such as Skype, FaceTime, Google or Zoom.
Online speech therapy should be delivered by a university-trained, certified practicing speech pathologist who is a member of Speech Pathology Australia, the profession’s governing body. Find out more about our dedicated team of Speech Pathologists.
We offer online speech therapy services, and have been doing so with great success for some time. Some of the common conditions that have been successfully treated using online speech therapy include:
Much of the published, peer-reviewed research shows that online or ‘telehealth’ speech therapy sessions produce outcomes that are equal to – in some cases, better than – standard face-to-face speech therapy, both for adults and children with speech and learning difficulties.
At Braithwaite Speech and Learning, we believe the best online speech therapy is driven by the same standard of excellence that underpins all of our face-to-face services. Our team of highly qualified pathologists also provide individualised treatment, even in an online environment. We assess each of our clients separately, and tailor our therapy to meet each person’s therapy goals.
Online speech therapy session can have many benefits for a wide range of people, depending on your situation. For example:
To take part in an online speech therapy session, you will need a computer or other device (e.g. an iPad) with a camera and audio. It may also be a good idea to have some headphones handy, so you don’t disturb the people around you.
The first step is to book in your online speech therapy session, which you can do using the form below. Just before your session, your speech pathologist will send you a link inviting you to a Zoom meeting (if you don’t have Zoom, you can download the program for free before your scheduled session). The person receiving therapy (or their carer or parent) will then need to click on the link to take them to the meeting.
If the client is a younger child, they need to be sitting at a desk with their parent or carer to get the session going. If they are too young to sit at a desk, they will play with their carer while the therapist directs them in what to do or say.
The short answer is yes – absolutely! We also offer online speech therapy for toddlers. Research increasingly shows that telehealth speech pathology produces positive outcomes for children and adolescents who experience speech and sound disorders, language disorders and other conditions.
One of the benefits of using digital technology to provide online speech therapy for kids is the ability to treat kids in their own environment, where they feel most comfortable. We can involve parents and teach them how to interact with their child during play or conversation to support treatment. Digital technology also allows us to use other ways to engage kids, such as apps, games and interactive programs.
People living with autism often experience difficulties in communication, and how this impacts their life varies from person to person.
Online speech therapy for autism can help you communicate in more useful and functional ways by working with your strengths and focusing on the things you find challenging. It can help you:
Speech therapy sessions (including online speech therapy services) is funded by the NDIS under Capacity Building Support. Braithwaite Speech and Learning is a registered NDIS speech pathology provider. For more information on how to access speech pathology on your plan, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.