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work; so, instead, I sent her a Slinky in
the mail. But after that session, I
thought to myself, voila! It worked!
As a speech pathologist, I was
determined to pursue this delivery
option. In developing my own tele-
practice, I have found that it is an area
of great interest to many practitioners.
Health and rehabilitative professionals
are now making their services avail-
able to clients who otherwise would
have had no access to therapy.
The Foreign Service Family,
In Particular
What about Foreign Service fam-
ilies? For some, telepractice might
mean getting a single therapist; for
others it could mean receiving a vari-
ety of therapies and academic sup-
port. If you think of a child with a
learning disability requiring several
types of services to address his edu-
cational needs, you can begin to see
how this might work.
By examining the child’s perfor-
mance scores on standardized tests
and school performance records, a
special education teacher might
develop an Individual Education Plan
or help implement an existing IEP
from a school in the United States via
telepractice. (An IEP is a document
that stipulates the special education
goals for a student, and is a require-
ment for students who qualify for spe-
cial education.)
The special education teacher can
also advise the school on modifica-
tions to the curriculum for that child.
To ensure proper implementation of
the IEP, he or she can provide guid-
ance to the local teacher in the form
of online training seminars and con-
sultations, and assist in the develop-
ment of materials.
A speech pathologist can provide
online therapy for an articulation or
language disorder. An occupational
therapist may be needed to address
fine and gross motor problems
through direct therapy or consulta-
tion. Specialist services like speech or
Many early intervention
programs and schools
that find themselves
unable to fill special
education vacancies
are now turning to
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