TherapyWorks Launches Adult Teletherapy Services

Adult smiling while on laptop for speech teletherapy

Busy lifestyles, scheduling constraints, and certain health restrictions can make it difficult to attend different medical appointments. Telehealth (also known as Telemedicine) has proven to be a convenient and effective solution.

Adults across the U.S. are now able to meet with their Doctors and other medical professionals over the internet from the comfort of their home. Teletherapy, therapy conducted virtually, offers that same benefit of convenience.

But not only is teletherapy convenient, it’s being shown to offer similar results as in-person therapy. A recent survey showed that 63% of people who used teletherapy services reported it to be effective.

One therapy in high demand that can be offered virtually is Speech Therapy. Teletherapy could be the answer to millions of adults who need Speech Therapy but are finding it hard to schedule an evaluation and attend weekly appointments in person.

An estimated 6 to 8 million Americans have a language impairment. Over 3 million people in the U.S. stutter, and over 1 million suffer from Aphasia (loss of language as a result of damage to the brain, such as a stroke).

To help adults who have speech, language, or voice disorders, TherapyWorks now offers adult teletherapy services! TherapyWorks provides teletherapy services for these areas:

Accent Modification

Speech Clarity/Articulation Disorders

Public Speaking Skills

Transgender Voice

Fluency and Stuttering

Executive Function Skills

Traumatic Brain Injury

Voice Disorders and Voice Therapy

Let’s talk more about the many benefits that teletherapy services can offer for adults in need of Speech Therapy!

Convenience

The ability to log on to a therapy session from a home computer makes teletherapy incredibly convenient. You don’t need to get in the car and commute to and from therapy appointments.
Teletherapy also offers flexible scheduling options, which many people appreciate and need. Cutting out the need for traveling before and after an appointment can lead to more times you have available to fit in a therapy session.
If you only have an hour lunch break, for example, you can squeeze in a Speech Therapy session to improve your stuttering or public speaking skills. Being able to make those weekly appointments can help you more effectively and comfortably communicate at work and throughout your daily life.

Accessibility

Teletherapy makes therapy more accessible to a wide range of individuals. Transportation and location constraints can prevent some adults needing Speech Therapy from making it to appointments.
Adults with speech and language impairments due to a stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may not be able to drive to therapy appointments because of a lack of transportation or an inability to drive. But they can still receive the therapy they need by opting for virtual sessions.

Nearly 180,000 Americans acquire speech and language impairments from stroke or TBI each year, so the need for Speech Therapy is high. Therapy practices located in their area may have limited appointments available.

Research has shown that starting therapy immediately, in the first 6 months following a stroke, can have the largest effect on an individual’s speech and language skills. That means there really isn’t any time for clients to be placed on a waiting list and not receive therapy due to limited availability.

Those who live in rural areas or far from a therapy practice can still have access to a certified Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in a specific area such as voice disorders or accent modification.

Increased Attendance

Consistent attendance in Speech Therapy sessions can result in more effective results and improved skills.

Adults with Aphasia, for example, can regain language skills when they consistently attend Speech Therapy. One study showed that 16 sessions of speech therapy over 8 consecutive weeks helped to improve individuals’ communication skills.

But then there’s illnesses, bad weather, traffic, and vacation. Life happens. And factors like these stop many people from being able to make it to their Speech Therapy appointments.
The solution? Teletherapy.

You can join a therapy appointment virtually from home or grab your laptop and log on from just about anywhere. That means less cancellations and improved attendance, and that can lead to better outcomes!

Protecting Health & Safety

One big reason why the popularity of teletherapy has skyrocketed during the Coronavirus Pandemic over the last couple years?
Attending appointments virtually helps protect the health and safety of individuals. Teletherapy allows clients to avoid waiting rooms and exposure to illnesses. For adults who have complex medical needs or conditions, teletherapy allows them to protect their health while getting the services they need.

Generalization of Skills

When clients receive Speech Therapy through teletherapy, they are able to work on carrying over the skills they learn into their daily lives.
By seeing the client’s home environment, the therapist can provide recommendations for how to incorporate certain skills or activities into their days.
For example, if someone is experiencing executive functioning deficits, a teletherapy Speech Therapy session might involve having the client apply organization and planning strategies to complete an activity like cooking a recipe or writing an email to a friend.

Engaging Therapy Activities

Teletherapy offers a whole new world of engaging, interactive therapy activities. The therapist and client can use a screen-sharing feature to complete an online activity. Or, the Speech Therapist might guide the client through a task he or she completes at home.

The Speech Therapist conducting a teletherapy session may be more creative in planning and executing the session, according to one study.

Another plus – online sessions are simple and easy to join, so even those who aren’t the most tech-savvy can take advantage!

How to Get Started

Teletherapy is a convenient and effective solution if you or a family member are seeking Speech Therapy services. If you have concerns in any of these areas, consider seeking an evaluation with a Speech-Language Pathologist:

Accent Modification
Speech Clarity/ Articulation Disorders
Public Speaking Skills
Transgender Voice
Fluency and Stuttering
Executive Function Skills
Traumatic Brain Injury
Voice Disorders and Voice Therapy

TherapyWorks offers Speech Therapy through teletherapy (nationwide) with Speech-Language Pathologists experienced in helping adults improve speech, language, voice, and fluency skills.

TherapyWorks also offers Speech Therapy, Occupational and Physical Therapy in person (in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio). If you would like to learn more, or discuss your specific needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to TherapyWorks!

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Are you interested in services for your child? Founded by Michelle Worth and Erin Vollmer, TherapyWorks provides in-home speech, occupational and physical therapies in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois and teletherapy nationwide.

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