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Speech Therapy Across The Digital Divide - Telehealth Brings Help to the Underserved

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Tele Health, Speech TherapySpeech therapy intervention is imperative for children with communication problems. Many rural school districts and the families who attend those schools don't have resources for full-time staff and rely on contract therapists for speech and language help. 

Two young women who met while in graduate training for speech and language pathology have found a way to offer this kind of help to schools and individuals in remote areas or those who can't reach an office.

Emily Purdom and Rachel Robinson, founders of DotCom Therapy have seen their business grow dramatically. Their mission is simple: "Making therapy services available to everyone, everywhere.

Frustrated by the amount of time it took to get to rural schools and a growing backlog of patient requests, the two decided that technology could provide the solution to reaching patients who needed them.Robinson says, "if you have a child with disabilities or someone who suffered from a stroke, you want them to see a professional right away". They launched DotCom Therapy in 2015 and now serve schools in 28 U.S. states and seven countries, as well as individual patients.

Their "Company Constitution" cites Trust, Respect and Support as their guiding principles and it has held them in good stead so far. Distance and travel expenses are no longer barriers to getting excellent speech and language treatment. If you have a computer, a tablet or a phone, you have access to a therapist. Robinson and Purdom have solved the insurance problem too. At $30 a unit most people can afford to pay at that price point. This way they can avoid the licensing and overwhelming bureaucratic headaches of Medicaid and the fifty different licensing requirements for individual states.

While they started initially with speech therapy, Purdom and Robinson have expanded services to Occupational and Mental Health therapies, with intentions to offer more in the future.

The average earnings for speech and language pathologists is over $70K. To find or fill a position for a Speech-Language Pathologist, please contact us. And to learn more about this and related topics, visit the Healthcare section of our blog.


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