We provide online video therapy (also known as telehealth) for remote and overseas clients where there is inadequate access to speech pathology services. This past year, we have worked with a number of child and adult clients interstate and overseas in Indonesia, Cyprus, Japan, and Iraq. Our flexible work hours mean we can accommodate time zone differences.
Due to COVID-19, we are now extending this service to all our local families who usually come to see us at our centre.
We now have online therapy packs available for every pre-school and primary aged client to ensure that anytime that you are unable to attend a session in person, we can easily switch to a session online.
Q. What is telehealth?
This is where health services are provided online through video conferencing. This is commonly used by allied health practitioners to support remote communities. We have been using telehelath at Talkshop Speech Pathology for the past 4 years to provide assessment and therapy for clients interstate or overseas. We are now offering this service for our local clients in response to the current COVID-19 concerns.
Q. When should I use telehealth?
Telehealth will enable us to provide on-going and consistent therapy for your speech pathology needs.
Please inform us and switch to a telehealth session if you are in self-isolation from COVID-19 or are physically unable to come to our centre, for example if you are caring for another family member.
We are ready to transition to telehealth services if directed to by the Australian Government Department of Health
Q. When should I let you know if I want a telehealth session?
Please let us know as soon as possible. Whilst it only takes us 2 minutes to set up the link to go live, we do need some time to prep resources for your session.
Q. What do I need for an online session?
- A laptop/ tablet/mobile phone or computer
- Internet connection
- Headphones (optional)
We will be providing all pre-school and primary aged clients with a telehealth pack.
Q. How does telehealth work?
We will email you with a ‘Zoom’ link which you click on at your appointment time.
Click to allow Zoom to access your camera and your microphone. Make sure you turn up the volume!
Q. Will I need to download any software or apps?
No. The link will automatically allow us to connect with live video.
Q. Is telehealth as good as a face-to-face session?
The dynamic is slightly different. Young children will likely need a parent to be present to support them.
In response to COVID-19, we have produced telehealth packs with reward charts and activities for all our pre-school age and primary clients. We can also screen share resources that we are using.
The great thing about online therapy with kids is that it is fully interactive in your own home space so we can even go mobile to explore the toys and books and the things that your child loves, and we can come up with new ways to use them in therapy. This means that your home practice is even more meaningful!
Q. Am I suited for telehealth?
Telehealth is suitable for most clients from late pre-school age and above. Children up to middle primary will likely need support from a parent or carer. This is where your Telehealth pack will come in handy. Individuals with vision, hearing, attention, physical difficulties with sitting or understanding remote therapy may need modifications or additional support. If you are unsure, discuss with your speech pathologist.
Q. Can all therapy be done via telehealth?
Telehealth is suitable for most therapy targeting goals in the following areas:
- Accent modification
- Social skills
It is not suitable for:
- Paediatric feeding/ mealtime management
- Alternative and augmentative communication devices
Q. Will I need any extra equipment to make telehealth more engaging at home for my child?
For child therapy sessions you will need:
We also recommend any games that you may already have at home that has multiples pieces such as:
- Connect 4
- Pop the pig
- Pop Up Pirate
We can even use sock balls to throw into a laundry basket
Q. Do I need to do anything to change the environment at home?
For upper primary to adult clients, online therapy can happen easily with your device on a table in front of you.
For younger children, it is ideal to have some floor space nearby so we can jump around and do some big actions.
*if you are interested in telehealth please contact us to discuss your particular situation.