True or false?
Answer: #1-4 are true (well #5 may also be true…)
Telepractice is using technology to provide services remotely. The use of videoconferencing technology allows families to access services at home, which is especially important for those living in remote areas that may not otherwise be able to access these services. Participating in virtual sessions saves families time traveling to and from appointments and provides the opportunity to work on their goals in their natural environment (useful for generalizing skills to everyday life). It is also an opportunity to involve other family members, such as grandparents and siblings (and pets?) in the learning process. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many health professionals have implemented the use of telepractice as a safer alternative to face-to-face appointments. Research on the efficacy of virtual speech and language services is growing. Speech-language pathologists use clinical judgement based on experience, in accordance with CASLPO’s guidelines, to determine when the use of virtual services is appropriate. If you have questions about the use of virtual services for your child, call for a free phone consultation.