Ben Beckstrom

Reimbursement for Telespeech

by Ben Beckstrom on March 21, 2012

Telespeech is a far more cost-effective and convenient solution than hiring a speech-language pathologist for private, in-person session, but paying for telespeech therapy can be a challenge for families on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are financial options.

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2012 Job Outlook for Speech Language Pathologists

by Ben Beckstrom on March 7, 2012

To borrow a line from Timbuk 3, for speech language pathologists, the future’s so bright, gotta wear shades. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow faster than average compared to most professions. Average job growth is an increase of 7% to 13%. SLP jobs are expected to grow at an impressive 19% by 2018, and it doesn’t get much better than that, especially in this economy. Expressed in numbers, there will be 22,000 new jobs for speech language pathologists over the next few years.

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What Types of Patients Benefit from Telespeech?

by Ben Beckstrom on February 22, 2012

Telespeech can benefit patients with a wide range of speech and language conditions, disorders, and disabilities. A huge number of studies conducted over many years have shown that testing and therapy that can be administered by a speech-language professional in face-to-face interaction can be as effectively handled with distance communication, especially given modern technology like tablet-style computers with touchscreens and targeted SLP programs. Speech and language problems can disrupt education and diminish the quality of a child’s life. Telespeech has proven particularly successful in the following areas: [continue reading…]

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Telespeech for Virtual Schools and Home-Schooled Students

by Ben Beckstrom on February 17, 2012

Changing realities in education stemming from budget cuts and a growing population has led to innovative new outreach programs, including expanded online school opportunities and home school support. For the parents of students with speech and language issues, virtual school may seem, at first glance, to present a challenge. Fortunately, technology offers a solution. Telespeech programs designed for virtual schools and home-schooled students can offer the same quality care given to schools with in-house SLPs. Numerous studies indicate that telespeech is as effective as in-person therapy.

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New technology has opened a new arena of communication for SLPs and their patients. Tablet computers, like the Apple iPad, Blackberry Playbook, Google Android and the very affordable models like Kindle Fire and HP Touchpad have raised the bar on accessibility and function. Easy to use touch screens allow children with disabilities to participate in their own care in session and reinforce those lessons at home in a fun and appealing manner. Interactive, user-friendly applications, commonly shortened to “apps” are designed to take advantage of the technology and of the tremendous popularity of tablets. [continue reading…]

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2012 School Budget Cuts and How Telespeech Can Help

by Ben Beckstrom on January 25, 2012

2012 is shaping up to be a rough year for many school district budgets. Google the subject, and you’ll find millions of hits representing almost every state and every district. With states struggling to make ends meet and record high unemployment rates, cuts must be made. The sad truth is that, when these budget cuts occur, history says that the programs most likely to be cut are those with the fewest parents to protest. Popular boys’ sports, like football and baseball, are more likely to make the cut than a speech-language program that serves a small percentage of students and does not generate cheering crowds and the money and publicity that follows. Beleaguered school administrators are in a tough spot. Anything they do will be unpopular. The only choice is to mitigate the loss by cutting programs that benefit the least number of students. [continue reading…]

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Sophisticated advances in technology have made speech telepractice an increasingly viable solution for many speech-language professionals. Telecommunications are especially helpful when serving the needs of extensive rural areas and patients with special needs. But what really sets a telespeech practice apart from the competition is user-friendly touchscreen technology. The new generation of touchscreen technology opens interactive therapy to people with physical, emotional, and mental challenges that make communication difficult. [continue reading…]

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