As we face illnesses (colds, flus, and the Coronavirus) as well as being time poor, home focused Teletherapy (therapy provided using technology) can significantly help to ensure that children don’t lose the gains they made due to prolonged illness or absence from therapy. It also eliminates the “I don’t have time” and Coronavirus ‘self-isolation’ hurdles to getting therapy when it is needed NOW– Not in six months time after self isolation!
Our Therapists are dedicated to seeing children not only maintain but make gains in their developmental progress during imposed travel and social restrictions. We simply embrace amazingly simple technology to provide ‘individually based but home focused’ therapy right to your lounge room. We also want to support overcommitted and time poor parents (and carers) to access therapy that helps children without putting undue pressure on adults to travel.
When you and your child are unable or unwilling to attend our centres, let us come to you virtually bringing clinic quality therapy to your home.
Use imposed home stay to maximize your child’s development.
You can use Teletherapy (or phone calls) to either:
THERAPY: Begin or continue ‘Therapy’ where you re dedicated to benefit from the full assessment of your child’s skills and laser targeted treatment of the identified challenges OR
ACTIVITIES & ADVICE: Benefit from a casual phone or Teletherapy consultation that is aimed at giving you broad suggestions to overcome the developmental ‘hiccups’ you are concerned by. This means no ‘therapy’ but instead the provision of some fun and developmentally useful activities or some verbal advise to parents in the absence of therapy.
Using technology, Occupational Therapists deliver many of the same interventions they would use during face-face therapy to overcome developmental challenges. These interventions can include skills assessment and treatment activities to help children who have difficulty in any of the following:
- Fine motor (finger) skills (such as using buttons, manipulating scissors, or holding a pencil)
- Writing, reading, spelling and learning (including literacy and numeracy)
- Maintaining attention and concentration to a task or situation
- Gross motor skills (whole body skills using muscles in the truck, arms, and legs)
- Developing self-care (such as dressing, eating, and grooming)
- Mastering self-management (packing school bag, learning time and money)
- Managing their emotions or behaviours
- Playing or engaging in recreation activities
- Organizing, planning, and completing tasks
- Socially Interacting or communicating with other children, adults, teachers, etc.
Speech Therapist, just like Occupational Therapists, can use technology to deliver many of the same interventions would use during face-face therapy, including skills assessment and activities to help children who have difficulty in any of the following areas:
- Talking (clear pronunciation of words so that others can understand)
- Understanding (Receptive) Language (such as following instructions)
- Using (Expressive) Language (using increasingly complex sentences to express needs or interests)
- Writing, reading, spelling and learning (Literacy)
- Understanding and Managing their emotions or some behaviours
- Playing or engaging in recreation activities
- Socially interacting or communicating with other children, adults, teachers, etc.
Teletherapy is a good option for children who are unable or unwilling to attend our centres. It works best for children that are able to engage with other people fairly well and who understand that a person on the screen in front of them is meaningful and is talking to them.
In fact, children with reasonable attention and language skills can often benefit from Teletherapy appointments independently of their parents once set up with the required materials and technology.
Teletherapy can be more difficult for younger children for whom language is difficult or their attention is extremely poor so they find it hard to sit. In this case, it simply mean that therapists work with parents so that parents become an extension of the therapist themselves, to help the child understand or concentrate.
Where children are not getting ideal therapy through virtual appointments, a combination of clinic based appointments often enhances the quality of Teletherapy.
Simple. Schedule your preferred appointment time by calling our clinics on Ph 1800 KID SENSE (1800 543 736) and your therapist will either:
- email you (for laptop use) or
- text you (for mobile use)
a secure link that you click on to gain immediate visual and auditory access to your therapist.
It couldn’t be easier – You do not need to create an account for yourself nor to have any technical skills!
If using a laptop: when you click on the link you will enter the virtual waiting room where you will need to make sure that the camera and microphone is turned on.
If using a mobile: when you click on the link you will enter the virtual waiting room and wait for the therapist to come online just as though you’re using FaceTime.
Note: The technology used has been selected because it meets the Federal Government’s requirement for Teletherapy Confidentiality and Data Security, as well as extreme ease-of-use for clients.
Teletherapy appointments look just like a face-to-face appointment in many ways. They are fun, informative and likely to involve many different activities. Having said that, virtual (Internet based) therapy looks different for every child, just like face-to-face therapy does based upon the childs needs. The common features are:
- You may be emailed (or hard copy mailed) some resources in advance that you are asked to have ready for your child (e.g worksheets) where appropriate. Alternatively, you may simply use standard household items (e.g. paper and pencils) or even no resources at all.
- Your therapist will carry out a clear activity plan just as they would in the clinic.
- Your therapist will verbally report on observations and progress noted during the activities just as though you were in the clinic face-to-face.
- The therapist will provide you with written home program strategies, to practice until your next appointment
- The appointment will be just as fun and engaging (albeit in a different way) to face-to-face therapy.
Teletherapy is charged at the same cost as face-to-face therapy, excepting some additional cost for preparation in some situations. At Kid Sense, NDIS, Medicare and Private Health Insurance funded appointments are all charged at the NDIS rate.
You can now use Teletherapy for all NDIS, Medicare services (Mental Health Care Plan, Enhanced Care Plan/Chronic Disease Management Plan) and Private Health Services. All are Teletherapy approved.
Yes, following our clinics self isolation, you can use a combination of Teletherapy and centre based therapy.
In fact our therapists believe that in many cases you will get a better quality of therapy via Teletherapy where we are able to have some regular face-to-face appointments as well.
Talk to your therapist to work out the best plan for you and your child.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to begin therapy at home call 1800 KID SENSE (1800 543 376).