ONLINE ACCENT TRAINING (TELEPRACTICE)
Speech Pathologists are now offering Online Speech Therapy to their clients. There are many benefits to receiving Accent Reduction Training online.
- Travel time is eliminated. Whether working or living in an isolated or traffic-congested area, clients can now receive effective instruction from the comfort of their home or office. In addition, research shows that eb-based speech treatment is just as effective as sessions that take place in person.
- The connection is private and secure. Sylvia uses the secure platform Cisco WebEx for her classes. She was trained in May 2015 to provide telepractice services through the Speech and Language Therapy Department at Waldo County Hospital in Belfast, Maine. This is the only program in the US to be accredited to provide Online Speech Therapy by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).
- No added expenses. Individuals and small groups can now receive services without paying an additional travel fee to bring Sylvia to their office.
- Telepractice sessions can be arranged at a convenient time during the day or evening.
- Share Online Accent Training Sessions with a spouse, partner or “Speech Coach”. If spouses/partners would like to take an Online Accent Training Course together, they can attend from home and eliminate the difficulty of coordinating travel. If a client has a co-worker, partner (or older child) who is a native or near-native English speaker who is willing to provide corrective feedback, it is beneficial for them to observe at least one session to learn what to listen for.
- Record your online Accent Training Sessions for future reference.
Requirements for Online Accent Training
The only requirements are a high-speed Internet connection, webcam and a quiet, distraction-free location. A headset is optional.
Scheduling and using Online Accent Training Services
Meetings are scheduled in advance. Once an appointment time is agreed on, clients receive an e-mail notification. At the arranged meeting time, simply go into the e-mail and login to the session. Clients are then prompted to start their audio and video.
Yes, this sometimes happens. Just like traffic or bad weather can impact on scheduled appointments, sometimes Telepractice has its issues. Sessions can typically continue without a video connection. The audio is the most important feature. If there are too many interruptions or the Internet is down etc., a mutual decision is made as to how to proceed.