Many parents feel concerned about their child receiving therapy in a virtual setting. You know what? We get it and think it's worth talking about.
When March 2020 came around, most mental health professionals had some big learning
curves on translating what we do into telehealth. Over a year later, we have realized that we
CAN make it work. There had actually been research and delivery of mental health in virtual formats for years prior to COVID-19. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions and concerns about telehealth:
Will my insurance pay for telehealth?
Yes. Most insurance companies are covering it though check with your specific plan for confirmation of this.
Will my information be secure?
We use HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing platforms to protect your privacy.
It's been a long year and we have some serious zoom fatigue. (Especially my child, who does not do videoconferencing well).
We get that. It has been a long year. And, in that year, we have learned many ways to make teletherapy interesting, fun, and playful!
Treatments for children, especially for our littlest ones, rely on successfully incorporating the caregivers. This translates well into telehealth, as we get to work with you and your child in the venue that some of the problems might be occurring.
My child runs around our home so keeping him in front of the camera is REALLY hard!
Absolutely! That is often why you come to us for help. We work with you to prepare your space with the therapy “tools”, e.g. toys and art supplies, so that we can keep your child engaged. We also use music and games both as part of therapy and as a reward for staying in front of camera.
I would rather wait for things to open up or find a therapist who does in-person therapy.
We understand. You need to find something that works best for you. Unfortunately, it may be some time until things fully open and we don’t have to wear masks. Most of us have gotten used to it when we go to a grocery store, but masks during therapy is very different. Therapy relies on observations, nonverbal and verbal communication, all of which are harder to do when the child and therapist are wearing a mask. Also, some children have symptoms because they struggle with social cues and interpreting emotional expressions in people's faces. Blocking view of the face can likely hinder a child's ability to practice these skills and develop social reciprocity and empathy.
More questions? Feel free to discuss your concerns with your therapist or book a phone consultation to set up a consultation.
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