When I meet other SLPs and tell them what I do, one of the most common questions I’m asked is “How did you get started in telepractice?” My telepractice journey began in 2008 when I was working for a charter school in a rural town. The school principal gave me the green light to do a pilot program with a few of my students, and the telepractice seed was planted. I immediately fell in love with telepractice and have never turned back. It did not take long for me to realize some of the many benefits of telepractice:
- I was able to help more kids in less time,
- The kids were more engaged because they loved the technology, and
- I practically eliminated my mid-day commute.
Do you know what I LOVE MOST about telepractice?
No longer are we bound by weather conditions, time, or even location. Telepractice enables us to reach anyone, anywhere (as long as you have the appropriate licenses, of course).
I discovered telepractice very early in my career and have been providing services via telepractice for over 10 years. As I progressed in my career, I was fortunate enough to serve in several management positions, which motivated me to go back to school to pursue my Master’s in Business Administration. I have always had a passion for math and numbers, and working as a manager opened my eyes to the possibilities of a long-term career in management.
But with a young child at home, the idea of putting in more hours working for someone else was no longer appealing to me. I knew it was time to venture out on my own so I could have more freedom over my schedule, my earning potential and my career. So Online Speech Services was born.
This was all before the worldwide pandemic began. With COVID-19 forcing many professionals into telepractice and facing uncertain times about the future, even more people are considering the possibility of starting their own telepractice business. But starting your own business comes with a lot of uncertainty, too. The beauty of starting your own business is that the possibilities are endless.
In my telepractice business, I offer traditional speech and language therapy in addition to communication coaching services. Last year, I started creating online courses to help others get started in telepractice. As I received feedback from those who took my courses, my list of course offerings began to grow, and I recently launched a store with telepractice materials on Teachers Pay Teachers. This summer, I am running a summer reading program while also working on several new business projects. This is what my business model looks like today, which is different from when I started and certainly different than what it will be next year. When you start your own business, you have the freedom to make it what YOU want it to be.
If you are afraid of the uncertainty that comes along with working for someone else and want more control of your time and income, then this course is for you. I know how freeing it is to be your own boss, and I want to help you experience that freedom.
Whether you decide to start part-time or jump in full-time is totally up to you. This course will show you step-by-step how to start your own telepractice business so you don't have to spend hours of your time searching for information, only to still wonder if you are doing everything right. This course allows you to work on a different part of your practice each week for four weeks. Just think about it-- in one month you could have your own telepractice business! If you are ready to take that leap, please join me.
If you would prefer more personalized attention, I also offer individual and small group coaching plans to go along with the course.
Adrienne is the owner of Online Speech Services, which specializes in online speech therapy, accent modification, and public speaking coaching. She has a Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders and an MBA in Business Administration. She has over 10 years of experience in telepractice and has trained hundreds of speech-language pathologists in appropriate telepractice service delivery. As a former manager, she was responsible for hiring, training, and supervising a department of speech-language pathologists who all provided services via telepractice. During that time, she organized professional development programs, established best practices in issues related to telepractice, and ensured compliance with national and state licensing regulations. In addition to providing direct services to clients in her telepractice business, Adrienne also offers consulting, webinars, and online courses to help speech-language pathologists add telepractice to their service delivery offerings. She has presented at the annual American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention and served on the ASHA Convention Telepractice Topic Committee for two years.