DotCom Therapy, a growing company specializing in remote health technology, has begun a worldwide speaking tour as it prepares for a move to Madison.
The co-founders, Rachel Robinson and Emily Purdom, will present at the Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference on the subject of teletherapy–using technology to provide speech therapy and other services across long distances.
They saw the need for these services working as speech therapists in Alaska, where rural areas struggle to provide speech and language services.
The two were taking bush planes into villages and riding cars down ice highways–rivers frozen thick enough to support a car–and realized they could “get the kids the best service as possible” by using long-distance video and audio transmission to support more frequent service in remote rural areas.
Now, the company has around 1,500 sessions a week, serving just over 700 students at 35 schools, including the largest rural school district in Alaska.
“What’s really cool is students we are serving, often in rural areas, can access certified clinician several times a week,” said Robinson, who, along with Purdom, is a certified speech-language pathologist.“Earlier, it was maybe only once a month, or three times a year.” Read the full story here.