Is a Work from Home Therapy Job Right for You?

by Tera Tuten on July 22, 2019

Work from home therapy is a growing niche of the therapy profession that is providing many opportunities for therapists who cannot or do not wish to work in a standard school or therapy practice setting. These jobs allow you to work in your area of expertise, helping those in need, even if you live in an area without typical therapy job opportunities. However, a work from home therapy job isn’t the best fit for everyone. There are a few things to consider before starting a job as a teletherapist.

What Work Setting Motivates You

One of the biggest challenges that many face when working from home is the ability to focus and stay motivated. When you’re in an office setting, you clock in and clock out. Your work hours are pre-set and it’s simple to separate work and home life. As a teletherapist, it can be a little more challenging to draw the line in the sand of work hours and home hours, particularly if you have children at home.

Those who are more social individuals might also have trouble working from home. Though you will have interaction online with your clients, there is less personal interaction from peers throughout your workday.

Types of Therapy Jobs Available from Home

There is a wide range of therapy jobs that you can do from home. Many school districts and community-based programs employ work from home therapists to help reduce costs and give better access to necessary therapies to a wider range of students. Here are just a few of the positions they hire for:

  • Speech-Language Pathologists – SLPs often work from home, providing online therapy sessions to help students who struggle with speech, language, and hearing difficulties. They may work with children as young as preschool age through adults.
  • Occupational Therapists – Students who require occupational therapy for special needs can benefit from working with a teletherapist. They often work with an in-house assistant who can provide physical support to the client as they work through therapy activities.
  • School Psychologists – Online school psychologists can help provide behavioral, mental health, and learning support for students in virtual academies and in school districts that are underserved by standard school psychologists.

What You Need to Work from Home

Once you’ve determined that you would be comfortable in the at-home work environment and that there are available therapy jobs that would interest you, you need to make sure that you have the tools and resources you need to work from home.

  • A reliable high-speed internet connection – Be sure that your internet access is strong and isn’t prone to outages so that there will not be lagging or dropping connection when working with clients.
  • Required technology equipment – You will need a laptop or desktop computer, webcam, headset, and mic to engage in therapy sessions.
  • A quiet, private space to work – A dedicated space that is free from interruptions and distractions is important. It should also ensure the privacy of your clients.
  • Resources and tools for therapy activities – Depending on your therapy concentration, you should have a variety of tools and resources available to use when working with your clients.
  • Deciding to work from home is a big one and not one to be taken lightly. For many, however, finding a work from home therapy position is the right move for a rewarding career.

If you are a school professional interested in trying teletherapy, begin your job search here!

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5 Reasons Students Love Teletherapy

by Tera Tuten on July 2, 2019

Beginning a teletherapy program for students can have a wonderful effect on the overall success of students, whether in a school-based therapy environment or when working with them outside the classroom. Parents and educators turn to teletherapy because of the success rates and flexibility it offers, but students have their reasons that they love teletherapy! [continue reading…]

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Top Traits it Takes to Be a Teletherapist

by Tera Tuten on May 29, 2019

Teletherapy is an up and coming option for many future and current therapists. While being a teletherapist may seem like a great alternative to a lot of people, it is not for everyone. The reality is that working at home means that certain traits will help you to be more successful. If you fall into these categories, then teletherapy may be for you! [continue reading…]

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Why Millennials Love Teletherapy

by Tera Tuten on May 13, 2019

Teletherapy is changing the way that many speech and language professionals are able to work. Searching for jobs is no longer the same when you are able to consider teletherapy as an option. While many are expanding their job searches to include teletherapy, millenials are the most excited to enter into the potential opportunities. [continue reading…]

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There’s no shame in being a traditional SLP, working in a school or outpatient setting. SLPs are by trade “helpers” so helping people comes naturally. For the most part, many SLPs are happy in a traditional speech therapy setting and the income they’re making. Yet, other SLPs may desire or need a supplemental income. If you’re one of the thousands of SLPs who would like the opportunity to earn an extra income, teletherapy may be exactly what you’re looking for. [continue reading…]

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Top 5 Reasons to be a Teletherapist

by Tera Tuten on February 25, 2019

Through the convenience of the internet, our lives have been forever changed. There isn’t much we can’t do in front of a computer or smart phone screen. Need groceries? Place an order and have them delivered to your door. Looking to buy a car? Shop thousands of cars from your couch and save time so you can test drive your favorites.

It’s with that same level of ease that teletherapy is changing how speech therapists see patients. Teletherapy has the unique ability to blend the benefits of living in a connected digital age with traditional counseling and therapy. Becoming a teletherapist is often more practical and just as effective as traditional speech therapy. [continue reading…]

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speech-telepractice-telespeechAs telepractice becomes more widely available as a method for serving individuals with communication impairments, family members may wonder if it is a good fit for their child. One of the most commonly-addressed conditions that is addressed through telepractice is the area of Speech Sound Disorders. Caretakers who are considering telepractice may ask, “What are the benefits of pursuing treatment through telepractice?” “Are there any limitations?” [continue reading…]

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