Whether you’re familiar with it as telepractice, telehealth, telemedicine, remote testing – the common theme is, our customers want to know how to serve their clients during this time so they can continue to deliver clinical, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral health, and psychoeducational tools and assessments to students and clients at home.
Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to the delivery of professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client or clinician to clinician for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation. Telepractice includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools, and other forms of telecommunications technology.
In short, telepractice allows for continuity of care when in-person sessions are not practical or feasible. Over the past several weeks, the landscape of healthcare has drastically changed. The term “social distancing” has become a part of our vernacular — seemingly overnight — and as a large majority of the world has found a way to comply, there are many, like you, who are searching for ways to provide care to those who need it. Telepractice can help you do just that.
Watch an example of intervention and assessment within a telepractice session from Pearson's Connections Education group
In 2010, the American Telemedicine Association published a sample set of guidelines for telepractice.
Other professional organizations also have developed formal statements or documents relating to telepractice. For example:
For further detail on professional organizations response to COVID-19, please see the following resources: