Teletherapy, also known as online therapy, e-therapy, or video therapy, is therapy delivered through a virtual platform via a computer. If you’ve ever used FaceTime or Skype, it’s essentially the same thing – except more secure and with a qualified therapist at the other end .
Teletherapy allows us to delivery therapy to the children from the comfort of their home. Therapists are able to assess and support children whilst they are unable to come to TDCC. All you need is a Smartphone, tablet or computer and an internet connection!
Online services are fun and flexible and take on many different forms depending on the kind of therapy that is required. Our online service can be used for assessments, therapy sessions, parent education, teacher education, home program monitoring, small groups, case conferences and any number of support meetings.
What are the benefits of Teletherapy?
- Flexibility in our ability to provide therapy to clients at home.
- Convenient access- therapists will work alongside parents to develop individualized therapy and education programs to be delivered online in a convenient and accessible manner without compromising the health and safety of our children, families and local community.
How do we run our Teletherapy sessions?
Teletherapy sessions will be conducted using our online platform “GETBEE” which is available through your web browser at TDCC.GETBEE.COM. Families using it for the first time will have to register as a new client and request an appointment with the therapist they are interested in. They will be emailed a link prior to their session which they can click on at their allocated time in order to join the session.
How does teletherapy work?
The online session can take many forms depending on the child’s goals and the environment in which the therapy will be taking place. The therapist may, for example, share screens, apps, and pictures with children working on their goals, work together with a child to edit their written work, observe a child playing with their own toys, analyze their conversation with siblings, assess gross motor skills by watching them complete a homemade obstacle course or joining them virtually over lunch for a mealtime observation. Online therapy is our favorite tool for assessing a child in their “natural” environment!
TeleTherapy will combine education and virtual therapy to conduct holistic sessions allowing parents to understand how to conduct their home sessions and the theory behind why each activity or exercise is important.
Therapists will be able to demonstrate relevant activities or exercises that you can do with your child at home, using these items, and offer real-time advice and feedback on how you can help your child complete these tasks successfully.
We have developed a number of digital resources, including handouts, videos, and exercise programs which can be accessed by parents to continue therapy at home confidently and safely.
We have received a great deal of positive feedback from clients regarding online therapy over the recent months and have found amongst the team that we are reaching significant positive outcomes across a wide range of populations.
What areas of development are suitable for online therapy support?
Online therapy is suitable for a wide range of needs and can be a great way to support your child whilst home-schooling:
- Literacy support
- Intensive speech and language therapy – we know that regular practice is essential for improvements in speech and language skills
- Parent education – teaching parents of toddlers how to accelerate their language development is easily implemented via online sessions
- Stuttering therapy – strong evidence exists for stuttering therapy via an online modality
- Handwriting and fine motor skills – our Occupational Therapist can effectively treat handwriting skills using online coaching
- Activities of Daily Living – our Occupational Therapist can observe and support a child carrying out their daily living tasks at home
- Feeding and Mealtime management – both Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists can offer online support during feeding and mealtimes for both children and adults