As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, healthcare practitioners, including occupational therapists have converted their traditional practices to a telehealth format. Contrary to popular belief, telehealth in occupational therapy and other professions has in fact been around, and utilized for many years prior to the pandemic. Research shows that impacts from telethealth are deemed beneficial, yielding long lasting and fast results. Teletherapy is as effective, or even more effective than in-person therapy.
Telehealth encourages clients and their caregivers to be more involved during the therapy process · Telehealth allows parents, caregivers, and the child to take part in the setup, paying attention to the sessions, and getting to learn more about the process and benefits throughout .
Telehealth enables clients to be given the tools to navigate their life and get them to where they want to be even faster by encouraging control and self- awareness · Sustainability and generalization of skills- this allows children to be able to reach goals faster and more efficiently by using methods that they can continue to use daily in their own homes.
Telehealth uses items and materials you use daily in your home so it makes it easy to incorporate the skillsets throughout the days · Telehealth allows for farther reach without environmental barriers. If a child is sick or it is bad weather, therapy does not have to be cancelled since it is provided in the comfort of your own home. ·
Telehealth is easy, convenient, and fun · Telehealth allows for a convenient and flexible schedule, no driving time required. It also is performed right in the child’s home environment or wherever is easily accessible to a video chat. ·
Telehealth allows for bonding time with your child while being led and taught from a licensed occupational therapist, who teaches you the exact language and approaches to use through video chat. This allows for much better carry over, giving parent’s and caregivers more control, understanding, and ability to properly incorporate the skill-sets and occupational therapy goals that are being worked on to improve the child’s occupational performance and independence.