Communication Disorders

UNK RiteCare Telepractice Clinic

About UNK RiteCare Telepractice Clinic
The RiteCare mission is to provide speech therapy services for under-served populations. UNK RiteCare Clinic services are provided via telepractice, over the Internet, to families in their home or community. Eligible individuals may already be receiving speech therapy through their school district, but would benefit from intensive, coordinating services.

Funding
Funding through the Scottish Rite Foundation provides speech, language, and swallowing therapy free of cost to eligible families.

http://www.ritecarene.org/

Hours
The UNK RiteCare Clinic follows the UNK Academic calendar having sessions in January - April, June - July, and September - December.

The clinic is open:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 - 5:00 Central Time
Friday 9:00 - 12:00 Central Time.

Services

Services provided by the UNK RiteCare Clinic are through telepractice. Families utilize a computer or tablet with a camera to participate in speech therapy with a graduate clinician over a secure, encrypted Internet connection. This allows clinicians at the UNK campus to serve individuals in their home or community. Telepractice services are available to individuals of all ages. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to participate with us during therapy as an e-helper. The e-helper role includes helping to facilitate therapeutic activities and collaborating with the treating clinician.

All clinicians are graduate students in training who are supervised by a speech-language pathologist holding state licensure and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Treating Communication Disorders Associated with:

  • Articulation
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cleft Palate
  • Developmental Delay
  • English Language Learning
  • Hearing Loss
  • Language Delay
  • Literacy Development
  • Phonological Processes
  • Swallowing
  • Stroke
  • Stuttering
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vocal Pathology

Telepractice services could reach individuals using their home computer or technology available in their community (library, school, etc.) Technology includes access to:

  • Computer (desktop or laptop) or tablet
  • Web Camera (built-in or USB connected)
  • Internet (wireless or cable, preferred)

Please contact Laura Moody, M.S., CCC-SLP to enroll in services through the RiteCare Clinic. An evaluation may be necessary to begin services if one has not previously been completed at another facility.

Phone: (308) 865-8924
Email: moodyln@unk.edu

Telepractice Equipment using a Computer with Web Camera

1. Your computer will need the most updated version of java. You can go to www.java.com and select "Free Downloads" to determine if you will need to update Java. The website will detect the version of Java on your computer and make recommendations as needed. This is a free service.

  • You may need to "uninstall" older versions of Java from you current system. You can do that from the Control Panel under Programs.

2.WebEx is the company who will provide the encrypted Internet connection for your telepractice speech therapy sessions. WebEx recommends using Firefox as your Internet browser. We have also had success using Google Chrome. Use of other Internet browsers has been reported as unreliable.

3. Please "join a test meeting" at the bottom of the following web page to confirm your systems's compatibility.

4. When logging into your telepractice session, we recommend that you have a phone nearby, so you can call the UNK clinic for any trouble shooting that may be needed.

Telepractice Equipment using a Tablet

1. Webex is the company who will provide the encrypted Internet connection for our telepractice speech therapy sessions. You will need to download the free Cisco WebEx Meetings app from your tablet's app store.

2. When logging into your telepractice session, we recommend that you have a phone nearby, so you can call the UNK clinic for any trouble shooting that may be needed.

You can reach the telepractice clinic at (308) 865-8924 or (308) 865-8300.

Thank you for preparing for your first telepractice session. We look forward to working with you!