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What does “teletherapy” look like?

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The whole world has had to shift our way of working and learning during this challenging time. We are quickly becoming accustomed to virtual meetings, virtual school, virtual play dates, even hanging out with friends and family. Virtual speech and occupational therapy, commonly known as teletherapy, has been around for years. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and American Occuptaional Therapy Association (ATOA) acknowledge teletherapy as an appropriate means of providing therapy.

We have offered teletherapy in our office for several years. While this method of therapy may not be suitable for every client, most clients can make significant progress through teletherapy. We do miss our face to face, in-person visits but we are thankful for our virtual therapy sessions that are helpful in filling the gap of time that we are apart.

Some families have found that teletherapy sessions have been helpful in reducing travel for therapy. Our clients are loving their virtual face time with our creative therapists. Therapists are challenged to think outside the box and create new engaging therapy ideas. We can still use therapy materials that we use in the clinic. We can also play online games that fit into our clients goals. We have even become very creative with using virtual backgrounds to meet specific goals.

Your therapists may see a big mess in their home but your child sees a magical wall of learning.

We can’t wait to get back to in-person therapy but in the meantime, we are having fun with teletherapy!

Contributed by one of our former speech-language pathologists, Noelle McNeil who is now learning the excitement of teletherapy in Alabama.


What My Stutter Has Taught Me

 This post was contributed by Armaan Babai-Pirouz
stockphoto Stuttering Broken Words
My Stutter and Me: Lessons Learned
My stutter and me will never peacefully co-exist. I hate this stutter. As I grow older I learn more about it; the more I learn about it, the more I hate it. I’ve learned that I cannot pronounce the “y “sound in the word “yes” when it really counts, or the “n” sound in the word “no” when it really counts, such as at my workplace talking on the telephone. I’ve learned that having this stutter makes my voice louder than is necessary, which is really a bummer when more than one co-worker says I need to speak softly and I say I’ll try, although I am not certain that I can.
Patience in the Midst of Struggle:
I am not going to post that my stutter makes me a stronger person because I don’t know that. I know it makes me more patient with other people’s challenges, and for that I am thankful, because with my stutter I definitely ask for patience from my listeners.
    The one thing I know my stutter teaches me every moment of every day is what I learned at Capital Area Speech: To never give up on myself. No matter how many times my stutter embarrasses and frustrates me, I should keep trying to communicate, keep trying to make the next time I open my mouth a better experience than I when I opened it and just rasps and stutters happened.
    It may sound odd and scary to readers who do not stutter to hear speaking anywhere besides a podium or a stage described as a struggle, but for me that is exactly what it is. I don’t know if I will win that struggle. I do know what losing it will look like: Giving up. Thanks to what I’ve learned at Capital Area Speech, that is not going to happen.

Summer Camps at Capital Area Speech

We are very excited to offer fun, engaging summer camps for our little ones this year at our office in Austin. Our camps will be led by a speech and/or occupational therapist. While our therapists will be incorporating skills to improve specific areas of language and motor skills, these camps are intended for any child. Check out the details below.

Open Gym (with Ms Farah and Ms Kelsi)
Wednesdays, June 4 – August 26, 2014
10:00-11:30 am
This therapist guided play time allows your child to experience new fine and gross motor activities while exploring our new sensory gym.

Cooking with Words (with Ms. Noelle and Ms. Kelsi)
AGES 5-8
June 16-19, 3:00-5:00 pm
This speech and occupational therapist led camp will inspire little minds with fun themes that involve daily cooking or food preparation activites. The therapists will work on expanding your child’s skills in the following areas:
-following directions
-social skills

Handwriting Camp (with Ms. Farah and Ms. Kelsi)
AGES 5 and up
July 7-10, 1:00-3:00 pm
This interactive camp turns handwriting into a fun multisensory experience by focusing on the whole body. Therapists guide children through engaging activities to improve:
-gross motor skills
-fine motor skills
-eye hand coordination
-visual perceptual skills

Experimenting with Language (with Ms Noelle and Ms Kelsi)
AGES 5-8
July 14-17, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
This camp will encourage curiosity with exciting science experiments. Through this camp our therapists will work on expanding your child’s skills in the following areas:
-literacy and vocabulary
-critical thinking
-following directions
-social skills

These camps do have limited availability. Call or email us today for pricing information and sign up. Ask about a sibling discount if you’d like to sign up more than one child.


Tour Our Office

Our renovations are now complete. Here’s a peak in our office. Some of the therapy rooms and the sensory gym are pictured below.


hall view



OT room