Teletherapy Works!

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Teletherapy Works!

When the Shelter-In-Place order was announced on March 20th, my stomach dropped. As a mom and a speech therapist, a dozen questions raced through my mind and I felt just about every emotion. I repeatedly asked myself, “How could this be happening?”  Unfortunately, I had to quickly adjust to our new normal to ensure that my children as well as my clients were continually supported. Thanks to TherapyWorks’ secure teletherapy platform, I was able to easily transition from in-person to teletherapy sessions. Teletherapy is not a new concept although its use has not been as prevalent as it is today given the pandemic we are experiencing. Research on teletherapy shows that it is an effective method of treatment for speech and language issues! That said, I will admit that I was a bit worried about how my clients would adjust to it. Change can be hard, especially for children, but I was excited to try this delivery method with my clients. Before each session, I email each client their unique link to our secure teletherapy session. Once connected, we are off to the races! Given that most children love the opportunity to be on a device or computer, they were excited to “see” me on their screen. Thanks to the community of therapists at TherapyWorks, finding new materials that are tech-friendly has been a breeze. The generosity and collaboration among professionals have been remarkable. In addition, many insurance companies are now covering teletherapy services! This all paves the way for teletherapy success! 

As we begin week 7 of our shelter-in-place, I know without a doubt that my clients’ speech and language needs can continue to be supported via teletherapy. Maybe some clients will even choose to continue with this delivery method even after in-person and in-school sessions can happen! Clients have been easily engaged and continue to make GREAT progress towards their goals. It is so reassuring to know that we can continue to make a difference in a child’s life thanks to the technology and support from our community. 

If you have questions or concerns about teletherapy, please reach out! We want to navigate this unfamiliar territory with you and answer any questions you may have. Click here for a free phone consultation or complete TherapyWorks’ innovative therapist match survey via the get started link below. 

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!