We all know that continuity of care benefits clients with long term conditions and that’s especially true for younger clients. It’s why we’re keen to continue our partnership with schools to deliver online therapy. Ongoing research (link opens in new window) has shown that online therapy can be just as successful as face-to-face.
One of the biggest advantages of delivering online therapy is that teachers and educational assistants can become more aware of the strategies and tools to target specific needs.
We have various therapies delivered to schools which include occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology, physiotherapy and dietetics. There are several options for schools to help integrate therapy services.
Success of therapy in schools
We offer therapies to suit the needs of children depending on their age and whatever their disabilities or developmental delays. VisAbility has a range of flexible support options for educators to minimise disruption so that children and teenagers can continue to work towards their therapy goals
- Global developmental delay
- Intellectual or learning disabilities
- Sensory impairment
- Physical disability
One-on-one therapy sessions online
Research shows that services are best provided where children learn and practice skills, such as with their peers in small groups, or with the support of an educational assistant
Flexibility is key in our approach to delivering this service. In the same way we deliver our face-to-face services, goals will be family/child initiated and work alongside a student’s educational plan.
One-on-one therapy sessions can take place before or after school for maximum convenience and to minimise any disruption.
Online group programs
We have already established online group programs for school-aged children such as Social Thinkers.
We have a flexible approach to technology because we believe where there’s wifi, there’s a way.
The school doesn’t have to provide state-of the art video equipment and a meeting room. We find that it is just as effective with a laptop and an educational assistant present. We can work with you to find a solution. VisAbility’s preferred video platform is Zoom Professional (link opens in new window), which uses security measures such as waiting room feature, locked meetings and unique meeting passwords.
We appreciate the school may have its own software, and we can utilise your preferred platform.
We can provide additional support through weekly phone or video check-ins with teachers, education assistants or inclusion support workers. It allows us the opportunity to discuss each child’s planned therapy activities in order to reach curriculum-based goals. We’re also available to attend case conferences and Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, all via video.
Therapy coaching sessions
For some schools, one-on-one online therapy sessions aren’t practical within the classroom at this time, due to resourcing or individual school circumstances.
As an alternative we can provide therapy coaching sessions to parents, teachers or education assistants, which can be completed with or without the student present, and in addition can be supplemented by video observation. Coaching sessions offer educators valuable insights and best-practice therapy techniques within the natural education environment.
We like to think of it as a ‘therapist in your pocket’. Essentially it provides ongoing input and support to benefit educators as well as the student.
Continuing online therapy into the future
Our online therapy sessions have been so well received with successful feedback. Parents say it is more convenient, which frees up travel time and costs.
It is likely that we will continue to offer therapy services online for those reasons. We’ll offer them in combination with face-to-face services beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Online therapy provides endless possibilities, so we look forward to exploring these with you in the future.
If you want to find out more contact us and we can explain both the school and online therapy programs in greater detail.