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What is Teletherapy? And How is it Reshaping the Therapy Profession?

Cross Country Allied
February 01, 2017 13:30 PM (GMT-05:00)
Teletherapy uses online technology to provide certain services to patients. Exactly what is this technique, and what does it mean for therapists and patients? 

What is Teletherapy?

Teletherapy allows a provider to give online physical, occupational or speech therapy to a patient. 

How Does It Work?

Most modern computers have a web camera and speaker and microphone ports that can be used with a headset. A software program can be installed on your computer to transfer video and sound between you and another person. Teletherapy uses this technology to allow the therapist and patient to see and speak with one another by means of a live video chat. 

How Is Teletherapy Reshaping the Therapy Profession?

Although this method cannot be used for every patient and therapist interaction, it has its benefits. Without question teletherapy affects both the patient and the provider, but how?

The Effects on Providers

As a provider, many of the effects of this treatment are obvious, but some are not. Let’s review a few. 

Access to Patients in Rural Areas

Many therapists find that teletherapy helps them reach patients in rural areas who live too far away to regularly receive care. 

Ability to Reach More Patients

Therapists who live where there is a shortage of professionals with their expertise often find that this method helps them to see more patients. It reduces time spent traveling to and from medical offices or patient locations. 

Better Patient Response

Many therapists find that patients respond more positively to computer-based activities and games than they do to face-to-face interaction. This is particularly true for children. 

The Effect on Patients 

Easier Scheduling

Patients and parents of patients often find it easier to make and keep teletherapy appointments. Busy schedules or lack of transportation are often addressed with this method. 

Access to Better Care

In remote or rural areas where there are few or no therapists, online therapy can help patients get the care they need. 

Improved Quality of Life

Therapy improves the quality of life for many patients. Access to it often gives them a more positive outlook on life and hope of improvement. 

Interested in Becoming an SLP Teletherapist?

High-quality therapists are in demand. The contribution you can make by providing online therapy to patients in need can be very rewarding. Learn more about the opportunities. Contact CCTC – Allied today to speak with one of our skilled Talent Acquisition Specialists.

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