Teletherapy Tips & Tricks for Therapists
eLuma’s Tips, Tricks & Best Practices for Teletherapy
Most of you are probably here unexpectedly and trying to adapt to a new modality of delivering services via teletherapy. Whether you are an SLP, a School Psychologist, an OT, a PT, a Mental Health Services provider, or any other type of related service provider, we want to help you get up to speed as fast as possible with these online therapy tips. It may seem a bit daunting, but we’re here to reassure you that if you follow some of these basic tips & tricks for teletherapy (in the videos below), you’ll be up and running in no time. If you are an administrator, please share with your team. And of course, we are here for you if you need us.
The Best Camera Setup
Starting with the basics, this short video provides tips & tricks to help you set up your webcam(s) to optimize your teletherapy and online instruction.
The Therapist Work Station
This short video can help you set up a therapy station to make your teletherapy experience better. It covers lighting, computer position, camera and desk/chair requirements.
The Student Therapy Work Station
This short video provides tips & tricks to help you set up your webcam(s) to optimize your remote sessions with the students. It covers lighting, essential communication, equipment requirements and computer position.
Working with a Facilitator
This short video will give you strategies and key insights to work with a facilitator (person present with student) and optimize your online instruction. It covers the the role of the facilitator, modeling, and feedback.
Working with Students with ASD
This short video provides teletherapy tips & tricks for working with students with ASD. It discusses the importance of parent communication, distraction/trigger minimization, motivation and free resources.
Working with Students with High Needs
This short video will give you key insights to help you provide teletherapy services for students with high needs. This presentation specifically covers parent participation, creating engagement & interaction, and key resources.
Communication with Parents & Guardians
This short video provides tips & tricks to help you establish better communication with parents (& guardians). The key items covered include the teletherapy learning curve, student considerations, IEP goals and communication.
This short video will help provide better understanding of teletherapy licensure requirements. The presentation covers key questions, special considerations and the importance of record keeping and communication.
This short video will show you the best strategies for proactive communication — which include communication with stakeholders, HIPAA compliance, documentation, and collaboration with educators & related service providers.
This video covers the essentials of effective case management for a teletherapist. It addresses the importance of regular communication, documentation, database reviews and IEP meeting attendance.
Collaboration with Other Professionals
This video provides key tips and tricks for regular collaboration & ongoing communication (using both email and phone calls, when necessary) with other professionals/members of the IEP team.
Preparing for Therapy Sessions
This video addresses key strategies for a teletherapist’s preparation for online therapy sessions. It emphasizes the importance of planning, preparation, having ALL materials ready, and of course, having backup plans.
This video covers many ways of providing sensory integration in an online setting. While it providing via teletherapy can be challenging, the carry over can be phenomenal as long as therapists are willing to think outside the box.
Handling Tech Issues
The short video presents the best teletherapist strategies for handling tech issues. It specifically covers maintaining calm, easy fixes, being creative & flexible and reaching out for support when necessary.
Therapy Resources for OT
This video covers materials that you can use to provide OT as a teletherapist. It provides ideas to open your mind and key, easy-to-access resources that can help you accomplish your objectives.
Confidentiality & Privacy
This short video provides key tips and tricks to help a new teletherapist maintain confidentiality. It discusses the importance of ensuring only appropriate persons are present, using a headset, and using intitials and student id as references in communication.
Using Physical Manipulatives
This short video provides key tips and tricks to help new teletherapists integrate objects into their session. It provides key points for consideration, which include: placement of objects, their size and of course, preparation.
This video discusses a few key items that are essential to successfully administering assessments online. It discusses aspects of preparation, practice and the role of the facilitator in optimizing the assessments.