Using teletherapy for early intervention can be a daunting and intimidating task.
Hopefully, these tips can help ease some stress and make the sessions run a bit smoother. Please read through all of my tips because there will be some free handouts!
The number one and most obvious tip is that a caregiver must be present.
Since the majority of the therapy session will be provided by the caregiver, the caregiver must be present!
Things run a bit smoother if the parent is "hands free" and not carrying around an ipad or phone.
For this to work, you, the therapist, must be set up with a stand or on a computer.
Since a major part of therapy is a review of how practice has been going throughout the week and problem-solving any hiccups, it is a good idea to give the parents something to practice before each therapy session.
This way, you can discuss how the practice went!
Here is a free activity to try:
While you are directing play during therapy, start jotting down some practice ideas for the upcoming week. I like to use this sheet. You can print it out ahead of time and give it to the parent or fill it out and email them after.
Here is your free copy
Ask the caregivers to brainstorm and email you some favorite toys/activities.
Encourage the parent to organize the activities before the therapy session begins. This way, the play can be a bit "structured" and you can sort of "plan" strategies to practice.
For the most of us, this is all new!!! Give your self a break and know that things won't be perfect. Parents appreciate the help and advice. You and your advice is invaluable!
As part of Speech Therapy Talk's Membership, I have many materials, handouts, and data tracking sheets. At the moment, I have:
Blank Sheet For Home Practice
Handouts at Beginning of Treatment
Set The Scene For Strong Communication
How To Simplify Language While Talking to Child
Imitating Gestures Games
How To Encourage First Words
How To Ask Questions Correctly
How To Expand First Words
If you want to access these pages and you are already a member, please click this link:
If you want to join and access the Google Slides flashcards, please click this link:
I will even take requests! If there is something that you need, please let me know.