Many therapists have had to adjust their practices significantly during the times of COVID-19 due to stay at home orders or other interruptions.
This has forced a number of therapists to start doing telehealth, with some planning on incorporating it moving forward and others planning on going back to ‘normal’ and only doing in-person services. Some practices closed during stay at home orders and didn’t offer telehealth or telepractice at all.
These therapists are missing out on a number of benefits for both the therapist and their clients, which as time goes on will leave them at a distinct disadvantage relative to the other therapists who have embraced the advantages of the medium.
There’s a range of different CEUs available for occupational therapists, including free CEUs, subscription CEUs and options like autism certification that can help further their career.
These CEUs help them to serve people of all populations and ensure that they are prepared to give the best therapy possible.
One of these populations includes individuals who have autism, a lifelong condition that impacts the person’s development in social interaction and communication, among other things. Autism affects both children and adults and is the fastest growing disorder in the United States, making it imperative that OTs are familiar with the disorder and understand how to work with individuals on the spectrum.
Using proper materials in telehealth (or telepractice) can make a significant difference in the gains made by patients of an occupational therapist (OT).
An occupational therapist plays a significant role in the lives of children and adults who need help with everyday tasks. Whether working in schools or in a private practice, OTs have the opportunity to take their services online with a telehealth practice.
Emerging Minds Est. has become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), which is a designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations who complete an advanced autism-specific training and certification program through IBCCES.
Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch joins a growing number of organizations in and around Mesa, AZ, to earn Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This movement, which was initiated by Visit Mesa, has resulted in Mesa becoming the first-ever Autism Certified City through IBCCES.
As telehealth becomes more prominent across different settings, the therapist-facilitator relationship is more important and varied than ever.
Facilitators are incredibly important when it comes to the success of the client and they play a vital role in teletherapy. The facilitator can be anyone from the client’s parent, caregiver, teacher aid, student support specialist and so on.
The demand for occupational therapists that can give quality teletherapy has gone from a few early adopters to a wide portion of the therapy population almost overnight with stay at home orders and other precautions.
Now that many clients have been forced to make the jump to teletherapy, they are starting to consider whether or not coming in for regular therapy needs to happen every time when there’s a plethora of advantages to the client of why teletherapy is a good option and treatment outcomes have been shown to be very similar.
As a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who is considering offering teletherapy services, it is vital to gain buy-in from stakeholders, such as referral partners and parents, in order to build a sustainable and successful telepractice.