As online speech therapy continues to grow in popularity, we can expect to see more research in the area. This page will be updated periodically with published results.
The results of this pilot study indicate overall high levels of satisfaction with a school-based TeleSpeech Therapy pilot project by parents, teachers, and administrators.
When a web-based telepractice model is used to deliver speech therapy services, clients have numerous opportunities for communicative learning across multiple cycles of interaction throughout the day via computers, smart phones, virtual learning and digital therapy activities. By using web cameras, smartphones, and electronic devices to develop authentic speech therapy treatment, web-based telepractice immerses a client into a fully engaged experience and helps create autonomous learners fully capable of navigating the digital world (Gates, 2010). Our experiences suggest speech therapy telepractice is much more immediate and focused than traditional therapy.
Computer use to increase instructional effectiveness has been demonstrated across curriculum content areas in the elementary school setting (Christmann & Badgett, 2003). Proponents of computer assisted technology claim that it increases student motivation and engagement, and thus improves student learning (Van Dusen & Worthen, 1995). Gierut (1998) concluded that CAI is highly effective because it is structured, supplemental, and enjoyable and can be completed independently by children.