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Addressing Rural Populations and The Speech-Language Pathologist Shortage with Telepractice Marnee Brick, MS.c Director of...
“ We had to advertise all year, and we simply had no applications.” -Special Education Director http://www.recordnet.com/a...
<ul><li>Speech Therapy Challenges in Rural Populations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel time impacts work productivity </li></...
<ul><li>SLP Shortage </li></ul><ul><li>Aging Workforce </li></ul><ul><li>7 Year Schooling Process </li></ul><ul><li>Not  E...
<ul><li>Solution </li></ul><ul><li>SPEECH THERAPY TELEPRACTICE </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
What Do You Think Speech Therapy Telepractice is???
ASHA’s  Definition of Telepractice: In ASHA's recent position statements,  telepractice  is defined as &quot;the applicati...
So How is Telepractice a Real Solution? Equal Service Improved Productivity Lower Environmental Impact Lower Material Cost...
Common Fears and Concerns About Telepractice You Can’t Establish Rapport ! –Myth (Jeanne Juenger) You Can’t Serve Every Ch...
#2: What options are there for Telepractice ? Many Video Conferencing Platforms Available Integrating Online Activities is...
#1: What technology do you need for telepractice? Recent Computer with Monitor High-Speed Internet Web Cameras USB Headset...
#3: What are the licensing requirements?  Be licensed in the state of the client
#4: What to consider  before providing telepractice services? Consider hiring costs Consider productivity improvement  Con...
#5: How can you effectively communicate with parents regarding the use of telepractice??  Consent Forms Open Communication...
#6: How do you simplify the process of introducing new technology? Everyone is has to see the benefits involved The childr...
#7: How do you track the ROI (Return on Investment) on your technology investment? Increase in the number of students serv...
Concluding Remarks
www.TinyEYE.com
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Rural Speech Therapy Telepractice

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Slide-show given at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's 2008 Annual convention (Chicago). The presentation outlines the problem of delivering speech therapy services to rural communities and how telepractice can be an effective solution.

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Rural Speech Therapy Telepractice

  1. 1. Addressing Rural Populations and The Speech-Language Pathologist Shortage with Telepractice Marnee Brick, MS.c Director of Speech Therapy TinyEYE Therapy Services http://www.TinyEYE.com
  2. 2. “ We had to advertise all year, and we simply had no applications.” -Special Education Director http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060704/INSCHOOL/607040310/1001/NEWS01
  3. 3. <ul><li>Speech Therapy Challenges in Rural Populations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel time impacts work productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Road conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of support staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unequal therapy opportunities for rural students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard to recruit in-house SLPs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overworked SLP Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>SLP Shortage </li></ul><ul><li>Aging Workforce </li></ul><ul><li>7 Year Schooling Process </li></ul><ul><li>Not Enough Master’s Students </li></ul><ul><li>More Children in Need </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Solution </li></ul><ul><li>SPEECH THERAPY TELEPRACTICE </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  6. 6. What Do You Think Speech Therapy Telepractice is???
  7. 7. ASHA’s Definition of Telepractice: In ASHA's recent position statements, telepractice is defined as &quot;the application of telecommunications technology to delivery of professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client, or clinician to clinician, for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.&quot; ASHA's position is that &quot;telepractice is an appropriate model of service delivery for the professions of speech-language pathology [and audiology]. Telepractice may be used to overcome barriers of access to services caused by distance, unavailability of specialists and/or subspecialists, and impaired mobility.&quot; Telepractice offers &quot;the potential to extend clinical services to remote, rural, and underserved populations, and to culturally and linguistically diverse populations.” http://www.asha.org/about/leadership-projects/archive/focused-initiatives/01-03-archive/telepractice.htm
  8. 8. So How is Telepractice a Real Solution? Equal Service Improved Productivity Lower Environmental Impact Lower Material Costs SLPs Can Be Located Anywhere
  9. 9. Common Fears and Concerns About Telepractice You Can’t Establish Rapport ! –Myth (Jeanne Juenger) You Can’t Serve Every Child’s Needs Telepractice replaces my job-Myth
  10. 10. #2: What options are there for Telepractice ? Many Video Conferencing Platforms Available Integrating Online Activities is Key
  11. 11. #1: What technology do you need for telepractice? Recent Computer with Monitor High-Speed Internet Web Cameras USB Headsets
  12. 12. #3: What are the licensing requirements? Be licensed in the state of the client
  13. 13. #4: What to consider before providing telepractice services? Consider hiring costs Consider productivity improvement Consider the ability to serve more children Consider the work-life balance of your SLPs
  14. 14. #5: How can you effectively communicate with parents regarding the use of telepractice?? Consent Forms Open Communication with SLP Educate Them
  15. 15. #6: How do you simplify the process of introducing new technology? Everyone is has to see the benefits involved The children being served is what’s most important
  16. 16. #7: How do you track the ROI (Return on Investment) on your technology investment? Increase in the number of students served Lower mileage and material costs Increase in the consistency of therapy Increase in the amount of students being discharged
  17. 17. Concluding Remarks
  18. 18. www.TinyEYE.com

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