Why Online Speech Therapy Is Better Than In-Person Speech Therapy

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Hey there! Today we’re going to talk about speech therapy, specifically online speech therapy and why it might be better than in-person therapy. Now, before we get started, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page. Speech therapy is a type of therapy that helps people improve their communication skills. This can include things like speaking, listening, reading, and writing. It’s often used to help people with conditions like aphasia, stroke, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

So, why might online speech therapy be better than in-person therapy? Well, there are actually quite a few reasons! Let’s dive into some of them.

Accessibility!

First of all, online speech therapy is more accessible. For people who live in rural areas, for example, it can be difficult to find a speech therapist nearby. With online therapy, though, all you need is an internet connection and you can connect with a therapist from anywhere in the world. This is also helpful for people who have mobility issues or who can’t drive.

Convenience!

Another benefit of online speech therapy is that it can be more convenient. With in-person therapy, you have to factor in travel time, waiting in a waiting room, and other logistics. With online therapy, you can have your session from the comfort of your own home. This can be especially helpful for people who have busy schedules or who have caregiving responsibilities.

Effectiveness!

But what about the quality of the therapy itself? After all, isn’t in-person therapy supposed to be better? Well, not necessarily! In fact, some studies have found that online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy for certain conditions.

One reason for this is that online therapy allows for more flexibility. For example, if you’re doing a passion-based therapy, like learning to play an instrument or a sport, you might find it easier to practice at home where you have all your equipment. Similarly, if you’re working on language skills, you might find it easier to practice in a real-world setting, like a grocery store or a restaurant. With online therapy, you have more control over where and how you practice.

Individualization!

Another reason online therapy can be just as effective is because of advances in neuroscience. We now know more about how the brain works and how it learns than ever before. This means that therapists can use techniques that are specifically tailored to your unique brain and learning style. For example, some people might benefit from visual aids, while others might respond better to auditory cues. With online therapy, it’s easier for therapists to individualize their approach.

Challenges of Telehealth

Of course, there are some downsides to online therapy as well. For example, it can be more difficult to establish a personal connection with your therapist when you’re not meeting in person. This can be especially challenging for people who are dealing with emotional or psychological issues. Additionally, some people might find it harder to focus during online therapy sessions, especially if they’re easily distracted by the internet or other stimuli.

So, is online speech therapy right for you? Well, that depends on a lot of factors! It’s important to talk to your doctor or therapist to get their opinion. They can help you weigh the pros and cons and decide what’s best for you. However, if you’re someone who struggles with accessibility, convenience, or finding a passion-based therapy, online therapy might be worth considering.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you’re getting the help you need.

Whether that’s through in-person therapy, online therapy, or a combination of both, there are resources out there to help you improve your communication skills and live your best life.

So, don’t be afraid to ask for help and explore your options. You deserve it!

Seth Koster M.S. CCC-SLP

Seth Koster M.S. CCC-SLP

Seth Koster graduated from Eastern Michigan University with his bachelors degree in Speech and Language Impairment in 2007 and graduated from Howard University with his masters degree in Communication Science and Disorders in 2010. He is licensed in multiple states and holds the national Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA.org) and has been a guest speaker and taught courses at universities in the USA, Japan and Vietnam.
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