With learning from home in place for many children across Victoria during the COVID circuit breaker, what does therapy look if your child usually has therapy sessions at school?
Our therapists are adapting therapy sessions to support students to continue working towards their goals while they’re learning from home.
As an essential service with authorised workers, your child’s therapist is allowed to visit your home to provide your child with therapy support, if clinically appropriate. If your child is unable to have their therapy appointment in person, their therapist can connect with them via telehealth to provide support.
Some of the ways our therapists can support your child and family to continue working towards their goals include:
Working with you and your child to develop a routine that provides structure throughout the day, including time for study, learning, and exercise.
Supporting you to use techniques to reduce anxiety and manage changes in behaviour. This can include making changes to the home environment to create a positive learning space for your child.
Engaging in new activities
Finding new activities that are engaging and meaningful inside the home, in the backyard, and with all your family members.
Your child’s therapist can also guide you to meet your child’s sensory needs and help them feel comfortable in their new learning environment
Using technology and learning
Older students often connect via technology so support may involve assisting your child to use their technology.
Your therapist may also look at the way your child best learns. For example, do they need to learn with someone, do they learn by doing or do they need a pen and paper to concentrate and how often will they need breaks?
Developing social skills
If your child was working on social skills at school, their therapist can support them to connect through online platforms or over the phone in a safe way to build opportunities for social play with your family, school mates and other friends.
Some children and teens may find this approach easier than face-to-face and it can be a great building block for future therapy sessions.
Our therapists are continuing to adapt and develop therapy sessions as needed to best support children and teens so they can continue to achieve their goals.
If you would like to talk to us about how we can support your child please contact us on 1300 179 131 or via our online form.