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Technology Brings Telemedicine to Speech Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Speech Therapy, SLP, Allied HealthPeople who have speech or language problems can improve through speech therapy. These exercises are typically conducted in a face to face setting. That’s fine for most people, but constraints on time and travel can make in-person therapy sessions difficult to arrange. Technology can get around those problems.

Telemedicine has become accepted practice in diagnosing and even treating some medical conditions. Those applications now include speech therapy.

Abington Speech Pathology Services in Abington, PA., is one of the centers that has added on-line speech therapy software to its repertoire. The facility uses a software program called RemoteSpeech that allows people to perform their speech therapy exercises from home as long as they have an internet connection, according to CBS Philly.

The software platform allows patients and speech therapists to communicate with a two-way screen similar to Facetime or Skype. But in addition to the voice and video interaction, the software also offers flashcards and games to make the therapy sessions more engaging for the patients. Orna Kempler-Azulay of Abington Speech Pathology explained to CBS Philly that the software enables therapists to individualize the treatment to each patient.

The RemoteSpeech technology does not replace speech pathologists. Kempler-Azulay says that while the number of speech pathology patients is growing, there are fewer speech pathologists available to help them. The software offers convenience to patients, but it also helps speech pathologists. With technology, therapists can treat many more patients remotely than they would be able to treat in person.

Speech pathology is a growing field that is evolving with the addition of new technology. To learn more about positions in this filed, please contact us.


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