Telehealth goals for Speech and Occupational Therapists during COVID-19
A lot of kids on your caseload benefit from consistency and schedules. The next couple of weeks (maybe more but we’re trying to stay positive) will mean a disruption of school, a lot of down time and lack of schedules.
At A2 Therapy Works, we are implementing telehealth for most of our caseload and we’re having fun brainstorming some functional goals. We figured we share! Have ideas? Please comment on our social media or in the blog comments. We’re all in this together!
Skills: fine motor, pencil grip, language expansion, expressive language, organization, executive processing skills.
Skills: expressive language, language expansion, executive function skills.
Skills: social emotional skills, language expansion.
Skills: expressive language, language expansion, social flexibility.
Skills: executive functioning skills, language expansion, fine motor, handwriting.
Skills: executive functioning, social/pragmatics, expressive language.
Skills: asking wh- questions, language expression, social/pragmatic skills.
Skills: language expansion, social/pragmatics, fine motor skills.
Skills: following directions, following visual direction, gross motor skills.
Skills: pencil grip, language expansion, fine motor skills, visual detailing
Skills: organization, social pragmatics (learning about other people’s important events), visual memory.
Skills: auditory processing, receptive language, auditory memory.
Skills: fine motor skills, executive functioning, problem solving skills, expressive language.
FAQ telehealth questions:
Q: “I don’t think telehealth would work for my kid. His sessions are usually playbased or he’s too young”
A: You don’t know if you don’t give it a try. We recommend families do 2 trial 15 minute sessions. You’d be surprised how kids will like the screen time and the added bonus of having mom or dad there to act as a facilitator.
Q: “How are you going to keep if fun without all the games in therapy?”
A: An important aspect of telehealth is to have a parent or older sibling help facilitate and be the “man on the ground” especially with younger kids. We will often ask them to have a game set up that will act as a reward system between each therapeutic trial. We also have ways to do it independently with older kids. For example, we might have a game of hangman going while working on articulation “r” sounds.
Q: “Is it hard to set up”
A: Nope. We will send you a link and any other documents you may need for your session. The interface is very user friendly. If for some reason it doesn’t work, no worries, we have other options like Facetime or Google meetup.
Q: “I don’t know, maybe we should just take a break?”
A: While in the end it is the family’s choice, especially during times like these, we think some consistency to their normal routine is key. This is a way that families can still participate but in a safe environment. It’s also a nice way to break up the monotony of the day/weeks to come.
Q: “How will pediatric OT work with telehealth, it’s so hands-on?”
A: We will be giving home programs and the telehealth session will be used as a check in to see how you are doing with the home programs. This is also a great opportunity to work on adaptive skills around the house like making a bed or brushing teeth properly.
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