Is Online Speech Therapy New to the World?

Is Online Speech Therapy New to the World?


Is Online Speech Therapy New to the World, The world today is facing the biggest health risk which has led to the  reorganisation of most industries at a global level. The widespread of COVID -19 has precipitated closures of multiple industries and Speech Language Services have been no exception.

With the pandemic on the rise, Telepractice or Teletherapy, also commonly called as Online Speech Therapy has become an obvious choice for therapy providers and consumers. But it’s interesting to note that Telepractice is NOT A NEW NORMAL across many parts of the world.

Telepractcie is a 40 year old science and has become increasingly popular and acceptable over the years.


Birth of Telepractice

Dr. Gwenyth Vaughn is the pioneer of Telepractice. She did a lot of research with USA veterans with neurogenic disorders from 1975-1983 and coined the term ‘Tel-communicology’. She tested these patients remotely using a telephone. This gained momentum among other researchers and slowly Telehealth started gaining acceptance in the US.

Screenshot 2020-06-14 at 10.21.02 PMThe birth of internet in the 1990s added fuel to fire and Telepractice methods were fine tuned by many institutes and researchers. By 2000s ASHA, the Amercian Speech & Hearing Association had formulated blue prints for Telepractice and even came up with a formal definition in 2005 :

Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to the delivery of speech language pathology and audiology professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client or clinician to clinician for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.


ASHA adopted the term telepractice rather than the frequently use terms telemedicine or telehealth to avoid the misperception that these services are used only in health care settings. Services delivered by audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are included in the broader generic term telerehabilitation (American Telemedicine Association, 2010).

Most countries accept Telepractice as a clever method to deliver Speech Pathology and Audiology services to clients at a distance.

Read here to know how online therapy can help adults.

Telepractice in India

Telemedicine Society of India was started in 2001. Teletherapy for communication disorders was started in organisations like All India Institute of Speech & Hearing in the government space and by 1SpecialPlace in the private sector. These leading organisations have continued to grow massively with time and have fine tuned their treatment of communication disorders using online methods.


Telepractice has advanced from a curious way of clinical communication to a mainstay in clinical Speech Therapy services!

Read here about how online therapy can help your child.

If we look at a scenario post COVID-19, we can easily predict that telepractice is here to stay. It’s not only going to be a side feature of a healthcare system but a mandatory requirement for all institutions offering speech language services.

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