The Speech Science Podcast

Teletherapy, Communication Concerns, AAC Vocabulary, Cochlear Implants, and Surf Therapy

September 2, 2019

Matt and Michelle hold down the fort this week.  Matt has begun seeing his students and after 2 weeks of planning, he runs into MAP testing, which means schedule changes.  Michelle is planning a trip back to Colorado and continuing her therapy positions.  The crew continues to plan for ASHA and a special offer for Patreon donors! 


Teletherapy can be considered the wild west of the therapy realm.  Eric DeGrove from Blink Teletherapy Sessions breaks down how therapy looks and works via teletherapy.  Eric DeGrove is the founder and president of Blink Session, a telehealth platform designed specifically for speech therapy. Blink Session's story started back in 2016 when Eric and his wife, Rikki, a speech pathologist, looked into adding teletherapy to their private practice in Colorado Springs, CO where they live. They soon learned that there were no live video platforms out there with the features therapist would need to help replicate Online, what SLPs do in person. Since Eric’s background is in software development, he explored the potential of building a platform that would include features that would help SLPs do amazing therapy Online, and that is how Blink Session was born.


One in 4 parents are concerned about their children’s communication abilities.  How does a therapist help reach out to those parents?  How much time do you put into deciding the vocabulary to be used for AAC?  Four variables are listed to identify appropriate vocabulary to use in AAC therapy. 


Cochlear implants have been implanted for dual hearing losses.  Now the FDA has cleared the way for hearing loss in one ear and the use of Cochlear implants.  Lastly, the importance of whole body therapy is shown daily.  A group working with students to learn to surf allows therapy to be targeted in the ocean. 





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