COVID-19

Evidence-based options for uncertain times

It's no secret that these are challenging times, but for those with disabilities, it can be particularly trying.

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Is Telehealth Speech Therapy as effective as in-person sessions?

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Telehealth speech therapy interventions have been proven to be just as effective as traditional in-person delivery (Wales et al., 2017).  Speech Pathology Australia supports the use of telepractice as a service delivery model.

In the midst of a global pandemic, telehealth speech therapy (online speech therapy) has become a preferred method of service delivery for many NDIS participants. With new strains of coronavirus (COVID-19) and changing health guidelines, it isn't easy to keep your health supports working for you. 

 

Tighter restrictions can reduce the frequency of many services including speech therapy. This can slow down your progress and delay necessary reports for your NDIS plan review.

By choosing telehealth speech therapy you can increase the reliability of regular ongoing speech therapy for you or your loved one.

  • Telehealth speech therapy sessions are not impacted by lockdowns

  • Masks are unnecessary, giving you full visibility of your clinician

  • Interactive online content can provide a greater level of engagement than typical clinic resources

  • Aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) can be safely performed without the risk of respiratory infections, such as COVID-19

Benefits of telehealth speech therapy

Why should I choose ClearConvo

At ClearConvo we understand the requirements of telepractice.

 

All of our speech pathologists have the tools and equipment to provide you with consistent, high-quality speech therapy via telehealth (online speech therapy):

  • Professional equipment and network redundancy ensure that your speech pathologist can be seen clearly at all times

  • Multiple cameras and professional lighting allow any resource (books, assessments, etc.) to be shared in brilliant high definition

  • Dedicated high-speed internet and 5G backup for inclement weather or NBN outages so that you can rest assured that your speech pathologist will always be ready for your scheduled session

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Is telehealth (online speech therapy) effective?

​Telehealth speech therapy is proven to be equally effective in therapeutic settings:

Speech Pathology Australia supports the use of telepractice as a service delivery model. Demand for online speech therapy is increasing, due to current conditions and Australia's geographically dispersed population.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) supports the use of telehealth speech therapy in schools.

"Telepractice, in combination with onsite services, is an effective workload strategy for school-based therapists." 
—American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) supports the use of telehealth speech therapy for adults.
"Overall, results of the review continue to support the use of telepractice as an appropriate service delivery model in speech-language pathology for adults."
—American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

The Referral Process

Anyone can make a referral to ClearConvo.

 

Simply complete our online referral form or ask your support coordinator to make a referral.

If you need assistance, a dedicated member of our team is available to assist you.

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