Technology , and knowledge of how to best use it, has advanced to the point that speech therapy can sometimes be conducted via videoconferencing . This is most appropriate for children age 6 and up, or adults, who do not require ‘hands-on’ adjustments or cueing. Younger children may work successfully if a parent is sitting with them throughout the session. In some cases, the client will have been evaluated by a speech-language pathologist, and the speech error(s) identified; in other cases, the first appointment will serve as an evaluation/assessment.
- Computer processor of 1 GHz minimum , 2 GHz preferred.
- Broadband Internet with minimum of 256 kbps upload (DSL or cable); 512 kbps preferred. Link to www.Skype.com for their specific recommendations
- Good quality speakers *
- Good quality microphone or an auxiliary microphone*
- Quiet room, with little background noise,
- SKYPE™ installed on your computer (currently , a free download)
(*for an adult or older child who is going to be working totally on his own, a headset with microphone and speaker combined, will work easily. If a parent will be participating with the child, speakers and a microphone which picks up both voices, is easier to use).
3 ring binder for practice pages (which will be sent via email), and a record of home practice sessions; Also usually needed: a therapy kit of small items, such as games, colored markers, etc..
How to Arrange for speech therapy via SKYPE :
Email or call 843-521-0847 during normal business hours. If the age and therapy needs seem compatible with using distance technology, a brief trial session via SKYPE™ , will be arranged to determine if this might be workable. This will be at no charge for this initial appointment.
Following that trial session , appointments may be scheduled . Payment, either by check or by Pay Pal, is required in advance of sessions.
*Note: All intellectual property rights of Skype (including but not limited to trademarks, copyrights and patents)of all products or services from Skype, are the exclusive ownership of Skype or its licensors.