If you’re just starting your career as an SLP, you might be interested in the emerging field of telepractice, which is the use of technology, including videoconferencing, internet, and the telephone to deliver testing, evaluation, and treatment services to patients from a central location. Here’s a list of resources to help you get started.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) – ASHA is a professional organization for professionals that offers professional credentials and certification, ongoing education, information, news, training, and networking. For new SLPs and students, ASHA is a great place to start. Look into the new special interest group for telepractice.
The ASHA Leader – ASHA’s news publication for industry professionals.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) – HRSA offers a wealth of information on legal issues, news, and research topics, telehealth network maps, and a telehealth toolbox with comprehensive answers to frequently asked questions.
SpeechandLanguage.com – Sponsored by Pearson, an SLP software developer, this site offers education, research, blogs, and a discussion forum for professionals.
Teletriage.com – This website is designed for nursing telepractice, but contains useful information on legal and licensing issues for any telehealth professional.
Resource Guide to Using Telepractice to Provide Speech and Language – this PDF file is loaded with interactive sites useful to telepractitioners .
Have you found any other resources that have been helpful to you as a telepractitioner? Let us know!