What do you need?
What are the benefits?
Cost savings: No travel for clients or practitioners saves money. Also, it eliminates the need to have a separate physical space for client appointments.
Time savings: Our time is limited. Travel time adds up quickly.
More flexibility: It is much easier to schedule sessions and adjust therapy times on the fly. People do not mind waiting 15 minutes at home nearly as much as 15 minutes in an office.
Service Remote Areas: Service can be delivered to remote areas as long as internet service is available.
Shorter sessions: It is easier to offer 15 minute sessions for kids who struggle with attention. People will not drive across town for a short session but will do it virtually since travel time is not involved..
More sessions: Shorter sessions mean more sessions for the client. This is key as I find the biggest gains are made between sessions by those clients who practice and work their home program.
Share resources easily: Any worksheets or informative web info is shared digitally with ease. This is much easier and more environmentally friendly than photocopying everything.
Share my Computer Screen: I can share what is on my screen with my client easily. This is how I do an assessment. I have an articulation assessment that I have made into a PowerPoint slide show. Skype allows me to share the screen with my clients so I can do my assessment.
Focus’s Attention: A monitor is a wonderful thing for focusing a child’s attention. Even shy kids have an easier time watching a monitor than watching your face in person. I also like the ability to put my face really close to the webcam to give the client a “JUMBO” in your face model. So the child can see where my tongue really is!
Sometimes after the initail assessment has been done, it is difficult to find time to travel to your child's speech and language therapy appointment. We all lead busy lives but technology allows us to still keep in touch via Skype. The possibilities for seeing people all over the world and delivering high quality, evidence based speech and language therapy to everyone is now a reality.
Computer processor of 1 GHz minimum , 2 GHz preferred.
Broadband Internet with minimum of 256 kbps upload (DSL or cable); 512 kbps preferred. Link to for their specific recommendations
Good quality speakers *
Good quality microphone or an auxiliary microphone*
Quiet room, with little background noise, to call from.
Skype installed on your computer (currently , a free download)
(*for an adult or older child who is going to be doing this totally on his own, a headset with microphone and speaker combined, will work easily. If a parent will be participating with the child, speakers and a microphone which picks up both voices, is easier to use).
3 ring binder for practice pages (which will be sent via email), and a record of home practice sessions; some clients will also require a therapy kit of small items. Also needed:3 hole punch, pencil and pen, highlighters, etc.
How to Arrange for speech therapy via Skype :
Call to discuss this, at 01983-618757 (UK dialling code needed) during normal business hours. If the age and therapy needs seem compatible with this, a brief trial session via Skype , will be arranged to determine if this might be workable. This will be at no charge.
Following that trial session, appointments may be scheduled. Payment, either by Bank transfer or by Pay Pal, is required in advance of sessions.