Online speech therapy has a robust and growing evidence base
for speech and language disorders, autism and aphasia. There is also wealth of evidence supporting distance intervention using the Lidcombe Program for stuttering.
Online teletherapy has provided continuity of treatment to support fluency and communication targets via a motivating and versatile platform, particularly for families we already see for therapy.
For example, a 5 year old boy from India with moderate stuttering has been receiving fortnightly follow-up consultations. His stutters have reduced with a Severity Rating of 2 to 3 (10 = severe stutters; 1 = no stutters). A mother of a 12 year old girl was pleasantly delighted with the online voice training provided in preparation for her daughter’s DSA interviews in June 2020.
Online teletherapy may be initially daunting and
occasionally have an audio lag. However, in general, I have been impressed by how teletherapy has supported clients’ progress and positively influenced our delivery of therapy.