Originally Published by Mediaplanet in USA Today March 23, 2021
Lockdowns and technology have made online speech therapy the new normal for many children, adults and even corporate teams — and that’s a good thing.
Concerns about speech affect millions — about 8 percent of children, and 18 million adults reported problems last year. And in companies with diverse workforces, working remotely means clarity of speech is key. For many, help has come from a cutting-edge source: online speech therapy.
“Speech therapy” is only part of what an SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist) actually does. “We like to say we work on everything from the neck up,” says Michelle Lachman, CCC-SLP, co-founder of Better Speech, a leading provider. “Speech therapy can help people with difficulties communicating, dealing with cognitive abilities, and even accent reduction for more professional clarity.” The online, one-on-one availability of this therapy means more people can get help.
Online speech therapy works
Online speech therapy, is as effective as in-person therapy–possibly more effective. “Online therapy can be more beneficial,” notes Sheri Stein-Blum, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, “because parents and caregivers are actively involved and not in a waiting room.” It is also more accessible and affordable to those who might otherwise be unable to find providers due to distance or cost.
As remote work increases, teams are looking for ways to increase communication and collaboration, and working in an online environment is familiar territory. When employees have confidence that they are being heard and understood, their productivity and work satisfaction increases.
The new normal – speech coaching online
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge of interest in speech therapy services online for employers, adults and children. “In today’s world, it is important to meet the individual’s needs,” notes Stein-Blum. “Speech therapy that is affordable and easily accessible does just that.”
Lachman couldn’t agree more. “It saves time and money and offers access to therapists who are experts in their needs. Families, individuals and teams now have an excellent choice with speech therapy online.”
At Better Speech we know you deserve speech therapy that works. We have experts in your needs and assign the right therapist; not just the therapist that happens to be in your area. If you want to find out more about our services, contact us to schedule a free consultation.