Pediatric Telehealth: 3 FAQs

Posted by Peter Harris

| Pediatrics Telehealth

For many of you who may be on the fence when it comes to whether or not you should be receiving pediatric telehealth for your child's OT, PT or speech needs, here are 3 most frequently asked questions to help you gain some understanding and perhaps help you make a decision. We want you to know,  as you may not be able to come to us for your child’s OT, PT and speech therapy needs, we can certainly come to you - at least virtually! 

What do I need at home to be set up for telehealth?

All you need for our telehealth sessions is a working internet connection and a device with a camera (e.g. computer, laptop, smart phone, Ipad, etc.). We use the ZOOM platform for our teletherapy sessions, and before your first session, you will receive an email with instructions and a link for logging into your therapy sessions. If you’re still having issues, we can walk you through it while on a phone call.

Will telehealth work if my child has difficulty sitting in front of a screen?

Yes! Our therapists incorporate a wide range of activities into telehealth sessions that involve movement, outdoor activities, etc. to meet your child’s individual needs. In addition, we are trained in several different approaches that are effective in improving overall engagement, attention, and motivation for children of all ages via our telehealth platform.

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Will telehealth work for my child’s age and diagnosis?

Yes! We are seeing tremendous success and progress for children of all ages (from birth- 18 years of age) with all kinds of diagnoses (language delays, articulation/phonological difficulties, stuttering, Apraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, genetic syndromes, and more). In some cases, we see even greater progress via telehealth than in person because of the unique opportunity it creates for parent coaching and for your child to be seen in their most natural environment- your home!

We think telehealth can and will become a game changer within healthcare. Our therapists will now have a unique perspective on how to adapt your child’s needs to the one place they spend most of their time – in their own home.

If you're interested in learning more about how telehealth can help you or a loved one, please contact us today. 

Author Bio:

Peter embodies the essence and culture of Therapy Specialists. He represents our outpatient clinics to physicians and payers who are interested in working with Therapy Specialists to provide multi-disciplinary therapy services to their patients. He has been working with healthcare personnel and providers in San Diego for the last few years and has made a significant contribution to enhancing our established reputation for quality care in the community. In addition to his responsibility as director of outpatient sales, you have probably seen Peter’s work on our social media sites where he is responsible for curating and posting valuable content for our patients, associates, and business partners. He is also a part-owner of Therapy Specialists and serves on our Board of Directors helping to lead and guide our organization into the future.