Answers to your questions about virtual care
What is teletherapy?
Teletherapy sessions are another modality of delivering essentially the same, traditional speech therapy with one major exception: sessions take place through live video conferencing. Registered clinicians still use the same strategies and activities that they would in person.
Teletherapy is NOT JUST watching video lessons.
Teletherapy is NOT JUST talking over the phone.
Teletherapy is “new” relative to in-person therapy, only because technological advancements have “recently” made it possible - not because it’s the last resort in the face of a pandemic.
During therapy sessions, the client and therapist can see, hear, and interact in real time, using webcams, headsets, and a strong internet connection.
Teletherapy may use any program that offers video conferencing. You may already be familiar with Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, or Google Meets. There are many other platforms that therapists can use to provide teletherapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Teletherapy is a cost-effective solution that offers maximum flexibility by eliminating barriers of distance, impaired mobility, and unavailability of therapists.
An online delivery model allows a client to find a therapist who can work with your schedule - without needing to consider distance. Speech-language pathologists who are registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Ontario (CASLPO) can provide services to anyone residing in Ontario.
For families, this means:
- Engagement: By utilizing engaging digital technology, teletherapy can be fun for kids. Today’s children are tech savvy and love computer-based games. The digital world of online therapy and classes is no longer new to children.
- Consistency: No need for travel means no pressure. This allows both therapist and student to attend sessions more regularly. Unreliable transit and poor weather conditions become irrelevant.
- No need to arrange childcare: Online sessions conducted at home eliminate the need to leave home to visit a clinic and worry about arranging childcare for other children.
For adults, this means:
- Flexibility: Employees have the option of therapy whether they’re working from home or the office, whenever they want.
- Consistency: No need for travel means no pressure. This allows both therapist and client to attend sessions more regularly. Unreliable transit and poor weather conditions become irrelevant.
- Availability: Choose from anyone registered to work in your province.
- Privacy: Maintain maximum privacy and never cross paths with another client.