Online Therapy

30 Minute Consultation

Online therapy enables you to get professional therapeutic input for your child via the internet at home.

We currently provide: speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and applied behaviour analysis online.

Therapy takes place through a live video portal. Online therapy is the same as face-to-face therapy but instead of being in the same room, you will see each other on your computer or tablet screen. This allows you to schedule a therapy session at a time that is convenient from the comfort of your home. This flexible approach saves time on commuting to clinics and therapy centres and enables greater involvement in therapy sessions. By working closely with one of our professionals we aim to provide you with the skills necessary to support development of your child’s skills at home.

In situations where further support is needed or conventional face to face therapy is deemed more suitable, a recommendation will be made by your therapist regarding more suitable options.

Contact us today for more information about online therapy at Inspire Therapy!

One to One Therapy Sessions

In an effort to get your family the help it needs during this time of social distancing, Inspire Therapy is offering online therapy services as an option to provide your children with the necessary therapy intervention within the comfort of your own homes. We are offering ABA Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy using video sessions while aiming to provide customized programs for the needs of each family and to fill in the gap so children can continue to progress toward their goals.

One to One Therapy Sessions

This form of therapy would be appropriate for your child if they can sit and carry out tabletop activities unprompted by an adult (they can sit at a table for 10-15 minutes without an adult telling them). For this type of therapy, your therapist will provide you with resources that are needed to carry out the session. Depending on the age of your child you may need to be present for part of the session to help them to use/select the correct resources.

Parent Consultation Approach

This type of therapy is suitable for parents of children who have behaviour concerns and for early language learners/ students with communication difficulties.  Here your therapist will guide you in following through on a range of skills to support your child’s needs. This may include building on attention and listening, increasing your child’s responding in work and play interactions and supporting communication and replacement behaviours.

This approach is also suitable for children that need support with self -help skills and daily living skills e.g. toilet training, eating and drinking.

Please consult with your therapist if you are unsure which form of online therapy will suit your child or you have any other questions. In certain situations, online therapy will not be suitable for your child. If this is the case further recommendations will be made to support you and your child at home.

Therapy Process (Parent Consultation Approach)

Once therapy has been recommended for your child, the therapist will outline a plan of what will happen across the therapy sessions. Generally, the first 1-2 sessions is spent supporting the development of rapport and instructional control between you and your child. This can involve identifying and using preferred activities and reinforcers in the session. This helps to build up rapport between you and your child and supports listening and following instructions.

Some other techniques that are taught at this time include use of visual supports, modifying the language of instruction you use, the frequency and use of reinforcement, using token systems, understanding why behaviour happens and setting realistic expectations in the teaching session. 

In supporting you in building up your child’s attention and listening skills the number of instructions and demands that are presented to your child will increase over the course of the sessions. This will be based on the therapy plan that has already been outlined for your child as part of their therapy programme.

Parent Commitment

To maximize success with this approach, we request that parents commit to a minimum of 10 therapy sessions where a parent consultation approach will be followed. This will allow sufficient teaching time to explain the rationale behind certain skills, model these skills for you (through a video interface), allow you time to practice the skills and deliver feedback to you. The aim is that the more repeated practice that can be completed, with specific feedback, the more competent you will be at implementing the tasks when you are working with your child independently.

Following on from that the initial block of sessions, the therapist will take more of an active role in delivering instructions to your child. This will be completed over the laptop/ mobile phone screen. You may still need to be involved in delivering prompts and reinforcement to your child. The suitability of moving on to this format of therapy will be discussed with you in advance of starting this approach.

Benefits of Teletherapy

There is widespread research to support the benefits of teaching children skills through the use of teletherapy. Some of the benefits cited in the literature include the following:

  • Increased understanding and follow through of target skills by parents and family members
  • Improved generalisation of mastered targets to the home environment
  • Ability to schedule sessions at times that are more suitable in relation to your child’s problem behaviour, times when certain activities can be completed at home e.g. at mealtimes to support eating skills
  • Similar/ improved outcomes in terms of therapy skills acquired via telehealth when compared to in vivo therapy sessions being completed
  • Ability to use materials and reinforcers that are more readily available to your child at home

To schedule a free 30-minute consultation with one of our therapists, please click on the ’Enquire Now’ button at the top of the page.

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