As people across Australia are being asked to stay at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our therapists are supporting many families to adjust to new routines and new ways of spending their time.
Occupational Therapist Marny and Speech Pathologist Becca have been working with two young children over the past year to develop their speech and language, social skills, emotional regulation and independence in their natural environments.
Marny and Becca usually visit the boys at kinder, school, home or in the community. For their latest session, the family chose to access online therapy as they wanted the flexibility and convenience of having appointments via video.
As this was the first time the family had used online therapy, Marny was on hand at their home to help them set up Zoom and show them how to use it to conference-in the second therapist, Becca. Zoom is an online video conferencing service that our therapists are using to connect with people during their online appointments.
With the family comfortable with using the technology, Marny and Becca used the remainder of the session to review both boys’ goals with mum and discuss how therapy may look for them over the following weeks.
With the school holidays underway and the family spending more time at home, outcomes were refocussed to support the family to build positive relationships in the home environment. Marny and Becca also worked with mum to build her capacity to support the boys to positively interact with each other, build new routines that work for them, and keep calm in the home.
Supporting families with online appointments is one of the ways we’ve adapted our services to support people to best manage the ‘new normal’ of life with the Covid-19 epidemic. We continue to offer in-person appointments, and support over the phone.