What is teletherapy?
Teletherapy is providing therapy through a live video connection, over the internet. Therapists provide the same treatment as they would in person; it’s just done through a computer! If you’ve ever used Skype on your computer or FaceTime on your iPhone, you’ve used the same type of technology teletherapy uses. If you have not, our therapist will walk you through it!
What types of therapy can be provided using teletherapy?
Currently we are offering teletherapy for all our disciplines (Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapies).
What is required for teletherapy?
There are some important requirements that are needed for teletherapy:
- Parental/Caretaker interaction during teletherapy – while normal in-person therapy sessions typically do not require direct parental involvement, teletherapy often requires a caretaker to be involved to act as the therapist’s hands. This can be a rewarding experience for the parent and the child as it helps enable parents to learn therapy techniques that might help accelerate their child’s goal progression.
- Internet capable device with a camera for video conferencing – Therapy time is precious to your child and a reliable internet connection/device is needed.
- Software installation – The software can be recommended by your therapist. This will not have a cost associated with it since, during this pandemic, freeware is being allowed to be utilized for teletherapy.
- A dedicated space – take some time and think about the logistics of what will be needed.
Your camera device will to be able to stand up (hands free) so that your child is in full frame for the therapist. Also, you might pick a room that does not have some of your child’s favorite distractions like a tv.
Do I qualify for teletherapy?
If you qualify for regular in-person therapy, you should automatically qualify for teletherapy. This is dependent on your specific insurance authorizing teletherapy; however, when the national emergency was declared in March, most insurance companies enabled authorizations for telehealth automatically. This might change once the national emergency is declared over, but for now, as long as you qualified for normal in-person therapy, you qualify for teletherapy.