#040: A Crash Course in Telepractice for SLPs

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When you care deeply about your work, it can be easy to pour your whole self into it… Sometimes at the expense of your life-work balance (if that’s even a thing!), family life, and mental health. Hello burnout! Is there a way to continue offering therapy to folks who need it, while maintaining healthy boundaries?

Enter teletherapy.

In this episode, I’m joined by Sarah Lockhart, who is the virtual SLP of the future, offering access to her valuable sessions remotely via telepractice!

With the help of an SLP aide or assistant in the classroom to navigate the hands-nitty gritty, Sarah is able to execute her therapy plans via video conference. She explores the challenges of using the same games and activities (from play dough to iPad apps) that we use in face-to-face sessions, through the lens of a webcam.

Spoiler: She’s able to get great results, and even win over the parents who were initially skeptical about this decidedly digital concept. Perhaps most importantly, she’s able to save precious moments of her day that might be lost in the constant interruptions of a school setting… and she’s able to shut off her computer at the end of the day for a clean break. Win-win!

Trust me – we’ve all got something to learn from this one. So grab your beverage of choice (I’ll have a chai latte!) put your feet up, and listen in.

Key Takeaways + Topics Covered

– Sarah’s background and journey
– Transitioning from in-person classroom practice to telepractice
– Working telepractice with an SLP aide/assistant who’s in the classroom
– Examples of how the heck to get face time with each student during a session
– Managing parents’ doubts and exceeding their expectations
– Other considerations (insurance!) of being self-employed

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

SLP Happy Hour Podcast (& Instagram!)
Little Bee articulation & speech apps
SLP Toolkit
My PlayHome app
Sarah Lockhart Speech
– Sarah’s 15 Useful Websites for Speech Therapy & 15 (More) Websites for Speech Therapy blog posts
Allison Fors materials on Teachers Pay Teachers

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Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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