The Speech Network

Skype Tips


These tips will help you get the most out of your Online Therapy session.  It might seem like a lot at first, but it only takes around 15 minutes - and you only have to do it once!

Tip 1

(What you need)

You'll need the following things before you can start Online Therapy:

- A webcam.  

Most newer laptops have a webcam built in.  They can be bought for desktop computers fairly cheaply.  

- A Skype account

Your Skype calls to your therapist won't cost you anything - but first you'll need to set up a free account. Go to to get started.

Once you've signed up for Skype, make sure you give your therapist your 'Skype name', so they can add you to their address book and call you at the right time.

Your Skype name is the username you use to log in.  Once you're in Skype, your username can be found at the top left of the Skype window.

Tip 2

(Your Skype name)

Tip 3

(Do a test call)

For Skype to work well, you need a moderately fast internet connection.  It's a good idea to test Skype on your computer before you have your first therapy session.

Skype has a built in 'test call', that you can dial and then test whether you've got a clear connection.

It's also a good idea to call a friend or family member, and check the quality of the video call.

Tip 4

(Prepare your room)

- You need a nice quiet environment for therapy.

Before your session, turn off the TV, ask your partner to stop hoovering, and tell the grandkids to turn their music down.  

- You need to be well lit - from in front, rather than behind.

If you're using a laptop try and sit somewhere comfortable, without a strong light source (like a window) behind you.  Ideally, sit facing a window - then you'll be nice and brightly lit.

If your computer can't be moved and you've got a window behind you, close the curtains and turn a light on in the room.  That will put more light on you.