What is teletherapy?
Teletherapy is a growing area of service in which patients are able to participate in services
provided virtually by one of our skilled speech-language pathologists. Teletherapy can be an
optimal choice for many families and individuals as quality therapy is provided through real-time
interactions while eliminating hurdles such as distance and travel time. This service model also
affords additional opportunities for family involvement and implementation of strategies targeted
in treatment. Teletherapy services are conducted over secure, HIPAA compliant platforms. Our
speech-language pathologists implement a variety of tools and interactive materials that are
individualized to maximize patient involvement and motivation while tailored to achieve the
Who can benefit?
Speech and Hearing Associates offers teletherapy services to patients of all ages and a variety
of areas including expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and phonology
disorders, fluency, voice disorders, social skills, auditory training, auditory and language
processing, cognition, aphasia and more. Our skilled speech-language pathologists will
determine if teletherapy is a good option for you and provide guidance with the next steps to
begin teletherapy sessions.
What tools are required for teletherapy?
- Computer/tablet camera
- Computer/tablet audio
- Internet connection
- An adult to facilitate sessions as needed
Is it covered by insurance?
Several insurance companies have the same coverage for teletherapy as in-office services. This
is dependent on your specific plan and it is recommended that you contact your insurance
regarding teletherapy coverage. All fully funded plans in New Jersey, by law, must cover teletherapy
if in office therapy is covered.
Tips for a successful teletherapy session:
1. The speed of your internet connection will make a difference! Using wifi is okay, but for the
best connection try to use a computer that is hard-wired.
2. To get the most benefit, the virtual teletherapy sessions should be done in a quiet room (not the
car, a restaurant or at the beach).
3. Parents (or an adult) need to remain close by in case there are technical issues or the child
wanders away from the computer.
4. Log in to the teletherapy link at least 5 minutes before the session to ensure the patient receives the full
time of their appointment.
5. Check your email as materials might be emailed in advance of the teletherapy session or following the