COVID-19 should not be a reason to limit the therapeutic services your child needs.

Have you confirmed if your child will continue to receive therapy during the period of social distancing recommended by national and state authorities? Children can receive therapy without having to leave home using Teletherapy.

Other terms to describe the application of communication technology to provide distance therapy services include telepractice, telehealth, telemedicine, and online therapy.

Is Teletherapy different from conventional therapy?

The methods used in Teletherapy are the same as those used in conventional therapy where the patient and the therapist are both present in the same therapy room.  The difference is that this time the patient and the therapist will use an electronic device to communicate, such as a computer, tablet or telephone. The therapist will use the best approach based on scientifically proven methods to provide intervention tailored to the child’s needs.

What is the key to create a successful therapy session?

In Teletherapy sessions parents must play a fundamental role in helping to maintain the child’s attention and interaction with the therapist, specially when working with young children. On both sides of the screen it is necessary to sustain a consistent and positive collaboration between the caregiver and the therapist to facilitate the work. The suitable practice recommended for doing Telepractice with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers is the parent coaching approach.

Key words to describe how we do Teletherapy? 

  • Understanding, because it is something new for many of us, learning is a process that takes time.
  • Patience, because in real life things not always happen the way we planned them.
  • Flexibility, because we need to learn how to think out of the box to solve new problems that can arise.
  • Perseverance, because consistency is the key to make progress and be successful.
  • Collaboration, because the only way we can do this is working together as a team.
  • Love, because in the end this is what is all about. Caring and supporting each other to make the difference in everyone’s life.

Why Teletherapy now?

In light of the circumstances, children with special needs will not only be missing weeks of academic instruction, but may also miss out therapeutic services that are medically necessary.

Telepractice is a way in which your child can receive different types of therapy without leaving the home, such as speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, early intervention, mental health, behavioral therapy, among others, using a remote connection with the therapist through a video conference.

The Florida Department of Health has suggested that given the conditions in which the spread of COVID-19 must be avoided through social distancing, quarantine, or isolation, Teletherapy is the best way for patients to receive the therapeutic services they need while staying safe at home.

Do health insurance plans cover Telepractice?

Several of the medical plans within Medicaid, Medicare, Early Steps, and Commercial insurances in Florida approve Telehealth as another way to provide therapy services. The patient does not have to incur extra expenses when deciding to receive the service via Telehealth.

In the event that you are currently paying privately for your child’s therapies, the therapist’s fees should not be increased when offering online therapy.

Does Bilingual Key Therapy offer Teletherapy?

If you feel that your child would benefit from receiving distance therapy services, Bilingual Key Therapy offers Teletherapy throughout Florida, for speech-language therapy, feeding, occupational therapy, and early intervention services.

Our therapists provide therapy to children of all ages. Your child does not have to be bilingual to receive intervention with us.

If you have further questions you can contact us at 772 672 0897 or visit our website www.bilingualkeytherapy.com

We all trust and hope that the situation we live in today will soon return to normal.

Stay home to avoid spreading the virus. Let’s take care of each other.

Elizabeth Barrios MS CCC SLP. Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

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