An eHelper is a person who serves as a facilitator for telepractice delivered therapy. The eHelper serves to eliminate the barriers that inhibit a student from receiving therapy by facilitating the connection between a student and a therapist.  eHelpers  serve as assistants to the remote therapist by providing the following services: Explaining how telepractice therapy works. Answering any of the student’s concerns regarding their therapy. Setting up equipment and providing technical assistance. Aiding the telepractice therapist with the use of other materials. Provide cueing or physical assistants.

Providing telehealth services for elderly people is becoming a growing clinical interest. Older people have growing service needs and may not be able to access in person services due to health, transportation, and support caretaker availability barriers. As the general population grows older, the prevalence of dementia is increasing. In Canada across all of the provinces, elderly Canadians may live in remote areas where service options are unavailable. With the growing population of elderly people in Canada and the lack of resources available for elderly people living in remote areas, researchers began to ask questions regarding the feasibility, receptiveness, and implementation of telehealth deliverability and impact of services for elderly Canadians and their caregivers in rural Saskatchewan. Here is what researchers learned about providing telehealth services for elderly people and their caregivers:

Administrating and supplying occupational therapy services within a school system is challenging. There are a lot of barriers to overcome that inhibit children from receiving proper care. With the advancement of technology, more and more children are accessing occupational therapy through alternative methods.  While students with individualized education plans need to be able to access therapy, many schools have trouble finding an occupational therapist to do so (Muller, 2009). By using telepractice methods, occupational therapists can provide school systems access to specialized occupational therapy regardless of their location. 

Building a successful speech therapy telepractice sounds tough. In Grillo’s 2018 guide Building a Successful Voice Telepractice Program, we found 4 key factors to consider that relate to setting up a speech telepractice that we elaborate upon that can help a speech therapist achieve success when they wish to start providing telepractice speech therapy.