In 2006, The Visiting Nurse Service of New York piloted the Speech Telehealth Program in Manhattan. Since the inception of the program, more than 200 patients with speech-related difficulties have been treated through telepractice sessions. The program has managed to treat diverse patients, with conditions ranging from post-stroke communication disorders and neurogenic dysfunctions to Parkinson’s
As the demand for SLPs in school districts rises, more and more schools are facing severe shortages of SLPs. A 2008 article in The ASHA Leader reported that public schools in West Virginia are turning to telepractice technology to address these personnel shortages. Jeanne Juenger, an SLP in West Virginia, said, “It’s no secret that
In 2005, the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI experimented with a telepractice program that delivered speech therapy to patients stationed in remote areas of Japan. An article in The ASHA Leader noted that prior to the telepractice program, patients had to be air evacuated from Japan to Hawaii to attend speech therapy sessions.
A 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
After receiving dire requests for health care services from rural communities, the St. Alexius Medical Center of Bismarck, North Dakota started a pilot program in 2003 that brought online speech therapy to rural denizens of the state. An article in The ASHA Leader described the success of the pilot program. Two program participants lived in
The results of a three-year-long study that examined over 2200 telerehabilitation sessions suggest that telerehabilitation programs are not just effective but sustainable as well. The INTEGRIS TeleRehab model for health care delivery was put into place in rural areas of Oklahoma, where over 1,144,000 individuals are underserved and 678,000 people do not receive health care
Telepractice can specifically aid school districts that have limited access to SLPs. A new study conducted by researchers at Kent State University indicates that telepractice methods for providing speech-language therapy are just as effective as traditional on-site therapy for students. Thirty-eight children from four rural school districts in Ohio participated in a pilot program in