Teletherapy is a method of service delivery where a therapist provides assessment, lesson plan, and treatment to various disorders using online platforms.
Some of the BENEFITS of pediatric teletherapy are:
A high-speed internet is recommended for uninterrupted connection. A slow broadband can cause disruptions and may result in a bumpy therapy session. A further recommendation is that other devices that require the support of home internet connection are if possible, turned off, for best connectivity.
A desktop or laptop is a preferred option over an iPad or a mobile phone. Children oftentimes play with these hand held devices and would never want to give up their control over these devices during teletherapy. They would want to continue to be in charge, as result may show signs of disinterest, lack attention and compliance in teletherapy sessions.
A headset or speaker is highly recommended to provide audio clarity for children taking online sessions. If children have to work too hard to hear what their therapists are saying to them, they may lose their interest in no time. In the event of using a head set ensure that sound levels are just audible and not too loud as high intensities can impair their hearing sensitivity.
Tech set up in teletherapy needs careful consideration for children to reap best benefits out of their teletherapy sessions. When children are supported with highspeed internet, the right device and good headsets or speakers they will enjoy their sessions and will certainly show significant progress.
Teletherapy sessions for children have several advantages. Research studies show that children benefit from teletherapy sessions as much as they do from an in-person session. Teletherapy is not a different service, but a different method of service delivery.
Founder Director, DCCD
Sr. Speech Language Pathologist