What's the Consensus on Teletherapy?

This blog post explores the scientific advancements supporting the delivery of speech and language therapy via videochat, emphasizing benefits such as increased accessibility, established therapeutic alliances, and the integration of neuroscience and technology.
January 25, 2024
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January 25, 2024


In recent years, the field of speech and language therapy has experienced a transformative shift with the integration of videochat technology. Ogma Therapy recognizes the numerous benefits that arise from delivering speech and language therapy via videochat, but we also recognise some of the limitations. This blog post delves into the scientific underpinnings and top resources in the field, highlighting how this innovative approach is reshaping traditional therapy models.

Creating Equity

One of the foremost advantages of videochat-delivered speech and language therapy is the ability to break past geographical barriers. According to a study published in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, remote therapy significantly improves access to specialized services, particularly for individuals residing in rural or underserved areas (Smith et al., 2020). For speech and language therapists, this can be integral in creating even more access to individuals who would otherwise struggle to attend in-person sessions.

Additionally, research in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare suggests that the therapeutic alliance, a crucial factor in the success of therapy, can be effectively established and maintained through videochat platforms (Simpson & Reid, 2014). This challenges the traditional belief that in-person interaction is the only method for building rapport between therapists and clients.

Advancements in neuroscience provide compelling support for videochat-delivered therapy. Neuroimaging studies, such as those discussed in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, reveal that the brain processes social cues similarly in face-to-face and video-mediated communication (Schilbach et al., 2013). This implies that the cognitive mechanisms underlying therapy are not compromised when conducted through videochat.

Flexibility and Convenience: Adherence and Progress

A review in the Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health suggests that the flexibility afforded by videochat therapy can enhance client adherence to treatment plans (Bashshur et al., 2016). The convenience of scheduling sessions without the constraints of travel time can contribute to increased participation and engagement, fostering consistent progress.

Technological Integration: Augmented Speech Therapy

Ogma Therapy embraces cutting-edge technologies to augment speech therapy. Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) tools, as highlighted in studies from the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, can enhance personalized interventions, adapting to the unique needs and progress of each client (Vasanta et al., 2021).


As the scientific landscape continues to validate the efficacy and advantages of videochat-delivered speech and language therapy, Ogma Therapy stands as a beacon of innovation in the field. The convergence of technology and therapeutic expertise heralds a new era of accessibility, effectiveness, and personalized care. Embracing these advancements, Ogma Therapy remains committed to transforming lives through the seamless integration of science and compassion in the digital age.


  1. Smith, A., Thomas, E., Snoswell, C., Haydon, H., Mehrotra, A., Clemensen, J., & Caffery, L. (2020). Telehealth for global emergencies: Implications for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 26(5), 309–313.
  2. Simpson, S., & Reid, C. (2014). Therapeutic alliance in videoconferencing psychotherapy: A review. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22(6), 280–299.
  3. Schilbach, L., Timmermans, B., Reddy, V., Costall, A., Bente, G., Schlicht, T., & Vogeley, K. (2013). Toward a second-person neuroscience. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(4), 393–414.
  4. Bashshur, R. L., Shannon, G. W., Bashshur, N., Yellowlees, P. M., & Mennemeyer, S. T. (2016). The empirical evidence for telemedicine interventions in mental disorders. Telemedicine and e-Health, 22(2), 87–113.
  5. Vasanta, D., Lozano, M. D., Nogueira, M., Moreno-Torres, I., Rubio-Sánchez, M., Campillos-Llanos, L., & Gómez-Rodellar, A. (2021). Artificial intelligence in the field of communication disorders: A systematic review. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 64(7), 2517–2537.

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