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Telehealth Services

What are the benefits of telehealth?
  • Evidence suggests that telehealth can be as effective as face-to-face sessions.

  • Allows continuity of therapy services and some structure to your child’s week. 
     

  • No travel is required.
     

  • The activities are carried out in your own environment with your child’s toys and equipment.   Integrating activities into your daily life in this way, allows your child more opportunities to practice. 
     

  • Allows the opportunity to develop your skills and capacity: During a telehealth session, your therapist becomes your coach – they will watch what is happening, problem solve with you and provide feedback and ideas. 
     

  • Interacting over a screen may be a motivator for some children and more comfortable than an in person interaction. 

Your OT will:


 

  • Engage your child in therapy activities, providing encouragement, motivation and positive reinforcement and feedback. 
     

  • Provide coaching and guidance to you about ways to support your child’s skills, development and participation.

  • Provide a written summary of the goal directed activities and key strategies from the session to continue with at home.  This is important so that you can support your child’s practice, confidence and skill development in between OT sessions.    

 

  • Continue to share information with the team with your consent – to ensure strategies can be integrated across different settings and working together to support your child’s wellbeing and development. 

What do I need to do?
  • Help your child prepare for the session and this new way of working.  We have a Telehealth Social Story you can download and read together.  
     

  • Set yourself up with a laptop or ipad in a quiet space away from the distractions of family activity.  
     

  • Work in a space without bright light or sunlight behind you- as this will create a glare in your video image.  
     

  • Set yourself up in a place where the internet connection is strong - to ensure good connectivity, audio and video quality.  
     

  • Sit with your child and participate in the session together.  Coaching and encouraging them as well as having fun!   

For further information on our Telehealth Occupational Therapy sessions, please refer to our Telehealth Policy and Procedure document.

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