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Worth Repeating: Telepractice: A New Option for Private Speech Therapy

[Source: Put Me Back Together]
By: Jena Casbon

In December of 2010, I moved from Boston to my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. One of the toughest parts of moving was leaving my private speech therapy practice.

I gave each of my private patients about three months notice of my move. I offered the following options to each patient:

  1. I could refer you to a trusted colleague/university clinic for continued therapy.
  2. You could be discharged/ take a break from therapy and see how it goes.
  3. We could use telepractice to continue treating via Skype.

Interestingly, each of the three private patients I had right before I left chose a different option and one chose two options!

One person decided that they weren’t very computer savvy and wanted to continue to have speech therapy services in their home. I gave them the number for a colleague and expect that they will call when they are ready. Another decided that he would try to take a break from therapy and see how he did.

The third person, who I’ll call Mike, decided to continue once with a colleague of mine and do teletherapy via Skype once a week with me. Before I moved, I had been seeing Mike twice a week and he wanted to make sure he got two individual sessions per week in addition to group therapies at university clinics.

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