To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers, we’re delivering therapy services online and over the phone. We call this ‘teletherapy’.
What is teletherapy?
Teletherapy may also be referred to as telehealth or remote therapy. Essentially it means providing therapy online using devices such as phones, tablets and computers. Instead of meeting in-person, your therapist will telephone or video call you to carry out a therapy session.
What does teletherapy look like?
Teletherapy is mostly the same as what you might do with your therapist face-to-face – you’re just not in the same room. Below are some examples of things your therapist might do in a teletherapy session:
- Provide you with therapy strategies
- Watch you / your child do things
- Provide activities and instructions
- Give demonstrations
- Complete assessments
- Create a home program together
- Use a range of online tools to support you with your goals
Physical therapy cannot take place during teletherapy, as your therapist cannot physically touch you. But our team is very good at thinking outside the box and will suggest creative solutions for therapy or activities that require a physical touch. This might mean getting help from family members – just remember to practice good hygiene.
Pictured: A screenshot of Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist, Mason Stanley, conducting a teletherapy session with his client.
The benefits of teletherapy
While we would like to be visiting our customers and providing therapy in their homes, schools and community locations, there are many benefits to teletherapy.
Now that our therapists don’t need to allow time in their day to travel to and from appointments, they have more time to provide therapy. They are also able to provide more regular sessions through teletherapy – you could have multiple sessions per week if you like. Teletherapy is a great way to check in with your therapy team, let them know how you’re going and make real progress on goals. If you would like to access additional sessions, or if you need support for an urgent issue that has come up, contact your therapist to book an appointment.
Less travel = more therapy
All Therapy Focus offices are now closed with our staff working from home. If you usually attend one of our offices for your therapy sessions then unfortunately you won’t be able to do this for the time being. Less travel means more time for therapy though! Speak to your therapist about changing your sessions to teletherapy sessions.
With many families now self-isolating at home, there may be more time in the day for therapy. Scheduling appointments with your therapist is easier when you are in one place and not attending school or work.
Practising social distancing is one of the most effective ways to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak. But we know it can be challenging to go without regular meaningful connection with other people. Teletherapy allows you to connect, see and hear your therapists, who can support you during these isolating times.