Tele-Rehabilitation for Aphasia

If you’ve wished that you could receive aphasia speech therapy without leaving your home, then you’re in luck! Tele-rehabilitation might be a good choice for you.

Tele-rehabilitation means that you can work with a therapist from your computer. It is also referred to as tele-therapy. It means that you meet with your speech-language pathologist (SLP) virtually through your computer. You will connect by video chat, and the SLP can share therapy activities with you through the computer. Some tele-therapy SLPs offer services only through the computer. Other SLPs might offer a mixture of in-person and computer sessions.

What can tele-therapists do? Typically just about everything an in-person SLP can do! Your SLP can perform speech and language assessments through tele-therapy. They can also provide treatment based on your communication needs and goals. The SLP can still use the most current and evidence-based treatment strategies over the computer. The SLP might show you therapy tools through their camera or a shared computer screen. Sometimes you might just talk over video chat. There are also many computer-based therapy activities that you can do together. Examples of things that a tele-therapist can work on include speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Tele-therapists can also work with family members on conversation strategies. Tele-therapists can also work with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. Through tele-therapy, it’s possible to try out an AAC device without ever leaving your house!

Tele-therapy is a good choice for people who live in rural areas where there are not a lot of speech therapists. It is also a good option for people who prefer or need to stay home, but do not qualify for home health services. In order to see a tele-therapist, you’ll need to have a computer that is connected to the Internet. Insurance coverage for tele-therapy varies, so be sure to ask your insurance and/or your therapist about any costs.

The Most Common Aphasia Treatments

AAC Device Therapy

Conversational Coaching

Life Participation Approach

Multiple Oral Reading

PACE Therapy

Response Elaboration Training

Semantic Feature Analysis Treatment

Supported Communication Intervention (SCI)

Supported Reading Comprehension

Treatment of Underlying Forms (UTF)

Visual Action Therapy

Constraint-Induced Language Therapy

Gestural Faciliation of Naming (GES)

Melodic Intonation Therapy

Oral Reading for Language in Aphasia (ORLA)

Reciprocal Scaffolding Treatment (RST)

Script Training

Sentence Production Program for Aphasia

Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™)

Tele-Rehabilitation for Aphasia

Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST)

Word Retrieval Cuing Strategies