Are you new to using remote therapy for your child? Here are 5 tips to help have a successful teletherapy appointment.
- Create a dedicated "space" for your child to have their teletherapy sessions. There are some great ideas on how to do this on social media and Pinterest. The top photo is a favorite of mine I saw on Facebook last week and the other photo is a wonderful HTR Pediatric Therapy client's space.
- Headphones with a microphone are ideal for the child to wear during the session. However, if you do not have any or have a child that won't tolerate wearing headphones, make sure you keep the noise in the room or rooms adjacent to where your child is doing therapy quiet and noise free. Any background noise will be picked up during the session. For example, an oscillating fan may not seem that loud to you but on the therapist's end, it can sound like a freight train traveling through your living room.
- Visual timers can be very helpful if you have a child who struggles with sitting still. It will help them track the length of the session.
- If your child is not completely comfortable with using a mouse on the computer, make sure you stay close to help assist them to eliminate frustration.
- Give positive feedback. Everyone likes encouragement. Sticker charts, extra screen time, sweet treats, or extra time to play before bedtime are a few ideas that can help keep your child motivated and engaged in sessions.
Keep it fun! Children watch their parents reactions, the more you talk it up, the more they will like it and look forward to it!
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