Ready, Set, Go Online! 5 Tips for Parents Getting Started with Teletherapy

August 11, 2020 BY Kelly C. Bawden, MS, CCC-SLP

Distance learning is now a reality for kids and parents across the country and that means a whole new ballgame for most families and educators. Even those of us who are seasoned telepractioners are having to learn a new skillset as we see kids in their homes rather than in school buildings. To that end, we developed this little hand out to share with families that are trying teletherapy for the first time. Click on the image below to download a pdf that you can share with your families, too!

Make good setting choices

A normal room will work as long as toys and other distractions are minimal. Optimize natural light or sit facing a light source. Keep pets and siblings away so that therapy does not become interrupted.

Get comfortable

Once you identify an area for the therapy session, make sure the chair you choose is comfortable and an appropriate size. Clear off the tabletop so it has sufficient space for play, free of clutter. We recommend that this be the same learning area for each therapy session.

Set up the computer

Your therapist can help you if you need a “test-run” to confirm that your computer camera and audio are working. It’s helpful for your child to get ready at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. When possible, an adult in the room during the session can manage any tech problems that might occur.

Have toys or special items ready to share

Help your child choose a couple of items to share with their therapist. You can think of this as show and tell!

Have a drink available

Snacks might be a distraction, but having a drink available is a great idea.