Telepractice is the use of telecommunications technology to deliver speech and language professional services to a client who is in a different physical location than the therapist. Teletherapy requires an in-person evaluation prior to the initiation of teletherapy sessions.
Our office will schedule appointments as usual, and clients will continue to receive appointment reminders. At the time of the session, your therapist will send you a link to join a teletherapy session on a HIPAA compliant platform. Sessions will remain 45-minutes in length, and we encourage parents to engage in part of the sessions. We will use a variety of materials, modalities, and therapeutic approaches, similar to in-person therapy. Sessions will remain motivating, with breaks, games… and of course some homework for continued practice at the end!
For those families utilizing insurance benefits for services, Speech Matters will continue to bill your insurance company. As noted, per our Payment Policy, we cannot guarantee insurance coverage. Co-pays and any client responsibility balances can be paid by phone or mail. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any billing related questions.
Our telepractice services comply with national, state, and professional regulations and policies. Our therapists providing teletherapy are trained in telepractice. Teletherapy adheres to the Code of Ethics (ASHA, 2016a), Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology (ASHA, 2016b), state and federal laws (e.g., licensure, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act [HIPAA; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d.-c]), and ASHA policy.