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ERIC Number: EJ943138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-12
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
When Speech Therapists Are Scarce, One-on-One Sessions Go Online
Shah, Nirvi
Education Week, v31 n7 p1, 14-15 Oct 2011
When therapists are scarce, some schools are turning to online speech lessons. The author reports on how the use of online speech therapy is growing. Schools need to provide the right equipment, including computers with high-speed Internet access and webcams, and, in some cases, an aide or parent might have to supervise while the child is working with a therapist. Online forms of speech and language therapy are drawing interest now as the number of children requiring therapy grows, and as the role of the therapist has expanded beyond helping a child form words or correct a stutter or lisp. Still, more than a decade after the introduction of online therapy, students getting online speech lessons account for a sliver of the more than 1.1 million children ages 6 to 17 with a speech or language impediment. At the same time, there aren't enough people joining the profession to keep up with the demand for speech therapy. And, with school district budgets shredded by the economic downturn, the salaries offered to therapists may not be enough of a draw to lure them to the districts that need them. Given those circumstances, the chance to work online, from home, may attract therapists who have retired or want to work part time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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