Speech Telepractice (Online Speech Therapy): Good, Bad or Ugly?

Clay Whitehead

Co-Founder, PresenceLearning

ASHA acknowledges the need to expand the use of technology to enhance the delivery of clinical services– including telepractice (online speech therapy). Although the technology to deliver SLP services online has been available for years, cost and complexity limited its adoption. Practical questions remain. Does online speech therapy really work?  A growing number of schools are adopting this new delivery method to improve outcomes, address critical SLP shortages and to fill gaps in speech-language services.  Special education experts share what the research on online speech therapy says and what they have learned first hand — good, bad and ugly.


Shari Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is associate dean, Graduate School and Research at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was formerly president of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A., CCC-SLP, is vice president of SLP services at PresenceLearning and past president of the California Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Lynda Donahue, EdD, is the former director of special education for Vacaville, CA, Unified School District


Barbara Moore, EdD, CCC-SLP is the ASHA vice president of planning and former president of the California Speech/Language Association, an expert on issues related to special education, RTI and school-based SLP services.

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