Over recent months we have all had to adapt to new ways of life during this difficult time. So much of our life is online at the moment so that we can continue to connect with each other whilst also staying safe.
I am passionate about empowering parents to support their child’s speech, language and communication needs and have embraced this via online services over recent months. I have been able to continue to work with families I was already supporting, as well as meeting some new families along the way.
The idea of online sessions can sometimes seem daunting for parents initially, so I am writing this to give you more information about the process to help with any concerns you may have.
I offer a free video call with parents to discuss any concerns. This allows us to get to know each other and to see whether we are the right match. It’s important that you find the right Speech and Language Therapist to support you and your child. During this session, we can discuss your concerns, offer reassurance and identify possible ways of support if required. This session lasts 20-30 minutes and takes place on GoToMeeting, which is the secure video platform that I use for therapy.
There is no obligation for parents to book anything further following this session. If we do decide that an assessment would be useful then we can arrange this for a later date.
As with face to face appointments, I gather case history information prior to working directly with the child. This allows opportunity to discuss your child’s development, concerns and any other support they may have accessed previously.
The assessment will depend on the needs of the child, but typically involves looking at pictures and toys together to gather information about the child’s speech, language and communication skills. I send specific information and resources as required prior to the appointment so that you know what to expect from the session.
Children have engaged well in a range of assessment activities and have enjoyed showing me their toys via video too.
Therapy sessions are typically around 40 minutes in total and this includes some direct interaction with the child and discussion with parents. I share a session plan and any resources required prior to the session so you know what to expect.
Children have been enjoying a wide range of activities during sessions tailored to their specific targets and interests. These have included activities via screen sharing and also with physical objects (e.g. directing me to interact with my toys and following directions with toys of their own). Some children have also been engaging well in home practice activities and then showing me the results (e.g. finding items around the house beginning with their target speech sounds).
There is a range of evidence showing that Teletherapy is effective, and the children I am working with continue to make progress each week.
In addition to direct therapy with children, I am also offering parent coaching sessions which is especially useful for younger children with language delays or dysfluent talking. These sessions offer opportunity to discuss strategies which can be used, discussion of a pre-recorded video of an interaction with the child and making a plan together for the week/s ahead.
Parent child interaction coaching is also evidence based and this can be delivered via online sessions. Parents are with their children (almost) all of the time and I am passionate about being able to empower you to continue to support your child by offering a range of advice and activities.
Not all children will be happy to interact with an unfamiliar professional on screen and if we feel that therapy may not work in this way then we can discuss other options too, such as written programmes of support or activity packs. I will never say that therapy is required for a child when it isn’t, or if I think online services are not the most appropriate option for particular children.
For further information about the Telehealth services I provide, take a look here, and for further information about the range of children and young people I can support, click here. If you have any questions about my services or would like to discuss concerns about your child, please get in touch.