Virtual Session Challenges and Strategies

As protocols and precautions evolve during the pandemic, some families are choosing to return to in-person sessions in the clinic, while some families prefer to continue with virtual sessions. Many families are questioning what option is best for their child based on their specific needs, safety, and heath. Also, some parents are finding virtual sessions works better for their busy schedules. It is essential to discuss how both parents and clinicians can help improve the effectiveness of speech-language services delivered virtually.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), some challenges that are arising in virtual settings include:

  • Being understood and hearing others clearly
  • Understanding cues/directions
  • Distractions within the home setting and technology platform
  • Limited social interactions/practice
  • Screen fatigue
  • Role of parents in therapy while managing various daily tasks
  • Wi-Fi connection issues

Strategies for improving child’s success in virtual settings:

  • Using headphones/microphone set, asking the child to repeat what they said, typing/drawing/use of gestures when something is unclear
  • Discussion between parents and clinician about what supports and strategies a child may need
  • Sitting in a quiet spot with comfortable seating and adequate lighting
  • Limiting verbal and auditory distractions
  • Using social stories and encouraging parents to set up social activities (e.g., phone calls, virtual play dates, etc.)
  • Creating a daily schedule with breaks from technology/screen time
  • Discussing with parents about a time of day that works best
    to help facilitate sessions


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