What is Telehealth?
Pediatric Therapies is now offering telehealth to deliver Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech/Language Therapy. Now, instead of missing an appointment or driving a long distance, you and your child can connect with our experienced therapists through live, HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing in the comfort of your own home. With just a computer or smart device, you, your child, and our therapists can work together interactively while in different physical locations.
What does a telehealth session look like?
Prior to each session, you will be guided in how to set up the area to be used by your child and which materials would be helpful to have handy. In most instances, your session will look very much like an in-clinic session.
Older children will engage with the therapist via video and can participate in therapeutic activities with supervision by the parent. Younger children or children that require more prompting or physical assist do best with a parent-coaching method where the therapist guides the parent in leading the therapeutic activities.
In either scenario, the child, parent, and therapist work closely together as a team, ensuring success.
What are some benefits of telehealth?
- First hand observation by the therapist of how your child functions in their natural environment
- Greater empowerment and understanding by parents of their child’s therapy goals and activities that can be carried out at home
- Improvement of caregiver confidence in meeting their child’s developmental needs, particularly when access to other supports is limited
- Less of an occurrence of missed sessions and chance of regression
- Continued access to medically necessary services when travel to therapy becomes impossible
Does insurance cover?
Telehealth services may or may not be covered by your insurance. Our skilled billing staff will be very happy to work with you and your insurance company to determine what your specific plan covers.
How do we get started?
Simply call our front desk at 615-377-1623 to set up an appointment. If you are new to our practice, we will need to schedule an in-person evaluation unless you have a recent evaluation already completed that you can send. A consent form will then be sent for you to complete and return. Finally, the therapist will send you a link to the session, a list of materials needed for the session, and tips to make the session as successful as possible.