Collaboration with CHOP producing exciting results
It’s a double whammy. Every year more children are diagnosed with learning disabilities and autism while school districts are forced to cut back on hiring experts who can help combat communication difficulties. To ease the shortfall and assist those with no access Abington Speech Pathology Services has launched a new initiative called RemoteSpeech.
RemoteSpeech combines crystal clear voice with the sharpest video to provide next generation video calling and high definition delivery. The improved technology is more user-friendly and offers youngsters, stroke victims or anyone with speech and language delay or disorder an easy and non-threatening way to receive guidance from the experts. Orna Kempler-Azulay, President and Founder of ASPS a Pennsylvania and LA based rehab staffing firm, says this is an option that can save strapped school administrators much needed cash. “We are very excited about the twenty-first century direction therapy is taking. School districts can save significant amounts of money in part because travel time is reduced to nothing” noted Kempler-Azulay.
RemoteSpeech is the most advanced web based platform that allows certified speech professionals the ability to conduct online therapy right from their home offices. This means greater flexibility for patients and clients. All that is needed to log on for the session is an email account and access to the Internet via a computer or tablet. According to an article in this month’s Wall Street Journal tele-medicine is the wave of the future in all health related fields. Kempler-Azulay explained, “We know that speech tele-therapy is the next generation direction our industry is taking. We are thrilled to be on the cutting edge of medical advancements utilizing the Internet. The best part is we can reach those who otherwise would be left with no hope”.
For children, RemoteSpeech entails a full range of stimuli including flashcards and technologically enhanced games. For adults it can be a life line to the expertise needed.
In an exciting development Abington Speech has collected data for research in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and has been accepted by ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) and will be presented at the upcoming national convention in November. The study focuses on how patients are adapting to this method of conducting therapy. Dr. Joseph Donaher, Academic and Research Program Director of CHOP’s Center for Childhood Communications believes the results demonstrate that the time for tele-practice has come. “The latest research indicates that parents, educators and speech pathologists see the benefit of tele-practice. Findings suggest this is an engaging way to give voice to children with speech and language needs and to meet and exceed their expectations” said Donaher.
Donaher also believes this method will ultimately alter the mindset of working with speech and language issues and relieve shortages in the industry. He is thrilled that Abington Speech has a program in place which could be examined.
Experts predict the problem will only get worse as the need for trained speech pathologists increases with less funds being earmarked to help. RemoteSpeech is a solution whose time and technology has arrived.
Abington Speech Pathology Services Inc has been in business for 15 years with more than 150 employees and offices in the Philadelphia suburbs and Los Angeles. The company provides speech services to school districts, hospitals and retirement communities. Founder Orna Kempler-Azulay is a licensed speech language pathologist with a BA from California State Northridge and a MA in communicative disorders from the University of Pacific in Stockton
More about ASHA
The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific and credentialing association for 186,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language and hearing scientists, support personnel and students.
More about CHOP’S Center for Childhood Communications
The Center for Childhood Communications at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers evaluation, treatment and counseling services to children with communication and swallowing disorders and their families on an inpatient and outpatient basis.