IU13 Launches Online Speech Therapy
It goes without saying that more and more people are taking classes online. It’s convenient, self-paced, and flexible, based on the needs of the students. Even some medical appointments are being conducted online. And that made the staff at IU13 think “why couldn’t we offer speech and language therapy services online?”
IU13 provides specialized instruction to individuals who exhibit delays in speech and/or language development. Speech/language therapists complete evaluations and consult with educators, parents, and caregivers about possible strategies and intervention methods. With the increasing use of hybrid and online learning platforms, IU13 recognized the opportunity to provide these services online.
Online Speech and Language Therapy links students with a certified Speech Language Pathologist, as defined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The pathologist focuses on a variety of areas that may impact a student’s ability to communicate. Specific disorders may include:
- Apraxia of Speech
Receptive and Expressive Language
- Language comprehension
- Language expression
- Social pragmatics
The program designs a plan to support the strengths and needs of each student, using a one-to-one or small-group “meeting” platform via the internet.
“For many students, receiving therapy in a natural environment such as their home is incredibly helpful,” commented Ann Spinner, Supervisor of School-Age Speech and Language Services for IU13. “They feel comfortable at home with a parent or caregiver nearby to support the therapy. It helps students feel relaxed and secure during the therapy session.”
Online speech therapy comes to the student directly through the computer, laptop, iPad, or even a smartphone, using the Internet and a secure video feed. IU13 connects with the students using a secure video platform that is bound by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Protection of Pupil Rights Act (PPRA), and all applicable federal, state and local statutes regarding student information.
“Essentially, we can provide therapy anytime, anywhere – provided the person has access to the equipment and the Internet. This change is making speech and language therapy more accessible to people all over the world, and that’s exciting,” remarked Spinner.
To learn more about the services, please contact Ann L. Spinner, Supervisor of School-Age Speech and Language Services, at 717-947-1139.