Shoreline is pleased to offer sessions via telepractice. 'Telepractice' refers to the use of technology such as telephone or videoconferencing to deliver services at a distance (SAC, 2006).
Contact us to discuss whether telepractice would be a good fit for your needs. We are able to provide services to residents of Nova Scotia.
Please confirm with your insurance provider that telepractice services are covered. Although an insurance plan may cover in-person SLP services, it may not cover telepractice SLP services. Each provider and plan is different. It is the responsibility of the client to discuss this with their provider.
For information about how Shoreline protects your personal information and our safeguards for protecting your electronic information, click here.
Shoreline uses the platform Blink Session.
To log in for your appointment in Blink Session, click here: https://login.blinksession.com/login
Quick facts: here
Detailed instructions: here
Troubleshooting guide: here
In June 2021 we will be transitioning to Zoom Healthcare.
To participate in teletherapy, you will need the following:
an adult helper for sessions with children
there must be an adult present during the session to help the child with the technology and to help manage unproductive behaviours
the computer skills required to participate in a videotherapy session require an adult in most cases - use of Blink Session is not the same as a public-domain videochat software such as Skype or Facetime
computer/tablet with an upload/download speed of at least 1 megabyte / second
webcam (built in or external)
headset with two ear pads and a microphone (example)
for sessions with young children who are being assisted by an adult, headsets might not be required
Amazon.ca, Staples, and Best Buy have headphones at various price points as low as $20 (check reviews to make sure the audio quality will be good enough)
Shoreline has several headsets available for purchase at cost
Shoreline has several headsets available to borrow if the cost is a barrier
Some headsets suggested by Shoreline:
Logitech H111 Wired Stereo Headset
Sennheiser headsets, such as:
If you are having difficulty getting a headset due to shortages from COVID-19, please let us know. We have several headsets that can be purchased at cost. We also have some available for loan if the cost is a barrier.
Troubleshooting will sometimes be required as part of a session, especially during the first session. Typically, this time for troubleshooting is either part of your scheduled time or in addition to your scheduled time, depending on the issue. If it's in addition to your scheduled time, we typically do not bill for time spent with troubleshooting. The only time that we will bill for troubleshooting is when it's due to issues with a client not being prepared and it takes 10 minutes or more. For example, if during previous troubleshooting it was determined that the client's device is not compatible with Blink Session (e.g., an old device or a smart phone) and they are having trouble because they are using the same incompatible device, we would bill for this time.
Voice Therapy Through Telepractice
For adult voice therapy, you will need specific equipment. This equipment will be loaned to you by Shoreline. It may include a condenser microphone, headset, and/or sound level meter.
Voice therapy through telepractice
"Telepractice: Providing Audiology and SLP Services at a Distance"
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
References on this Page
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). (2006). SAC position paper on the use of telepractice for SAC S-LPs and audiologists. Retrieved from https://www.sac-oac.ca/sites/default/files/resources/sac_telepractice_position_paper_english.pdf