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The Elusive “R”

One of the challenges of teletherapy is the inability to reach out and touch someone.  Seriously. There have been times when I wish I could provide a tactile cue showing clients where to place their tongues when visual models are not readily available.  One of the most challenging phonemes to remediate, in my experience, is the /r/ with its vocalic-/r/…

TeleHelpers – Part 2

You have: decided to contract with a teletherapy company, agreed to terms, taken the training, and now you are ready to begin setting up your caseload, schedule, etc.  Who will be your tele-helper?  Will that person have any type of experience working within schools? Will that matter?  What are your expectations for that person?  This post is going to explore…

TeleHelpers – Part 1

Many people have asked me, so what type of things should I ask of my telehelper? “The person I have brings the students, sits off to the side, does not take part in therapy, then takes the students back to class. How do I go about asking/requiring him/her to be more involved?” That is a great question!  Below, I provide…

Teletherapy Professionalism – No Shortcuts!

I have heard teletherapy managers, supervisors, and company owners speak about shocking behaviors some teletherapists overlook as acceptable, much to the dismay of other professionals in our field.  From having family members entering the office during the provision of teletherapy services, dogs barking, an ill child sitting on the therapist’s lap, to wearing inappropriate clothing; these are just some of the expamples. Why are…

Getting to Know Faculty and Staff

You are setting up your schedule and are wondering how to best introduce yourself to the staff and faculty members at the school where you will be servicing students.  If you assume that the company you contracted with will do this for you, you have, in my experience, made an incorrect assumption.  For example, after taking an hour or two…

New To Telepractice? Don’t Hesitate to Ask Questions!

So, you are an established Speech/Language Pathologist or perhaps you are just beginning your SLP career. If you are interested in pursuing teletherapy, what do you need to consider before signing with a company that wants to contract with you to provide services?  When I became a teletherapist over 7 years ago, I felt comfortable working with students onsite, but what should…

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