Oklahoma School Superintendent Says Telepractice Program is a “Great Success”

Telepractice ProgramA 2006 article in The ASHA Leader reported that a speech telepractice program was successful in reaching out to students in rural areas of Oklahoma. The program, called Speech TeleTherapy, utilizes interactive teleconferencing and a document camera called “Elmo” that makes it possible for students to view lessons and play language-oriented board games during therapy sessions. The telepractice program is flexible, allowing therapists to conduct speech and language screenings, group and individual therapy, and even parent-teacher meetings via videoconferencing. Oklahoma school officials from the rural districts found that students were highly receptive to the telepractice program and were active therapy participants. Richard Quaid, the superintendent of the Stringtown public schools, said enthusiastically, “There have been several students in the lower age group who have graduated from this program. We did not have that many graduates before because of inconsistent services. The longest we could keep an SLP down here was six months.…This program has been a great success for us and is the best we have ever had. We don’t know what we would do without it.”

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