fleX Online Speech Language Therapy
Online Intervention is a medium of therapy where the Speech Language Pathologist interacts with the family / client through a virtual platform. It is a combination of both the child learning with the therapist and the parent collaborating with therapist in order to achieve communication beyond the screen in terms of daily routines and interactions. We conduct online sessions on zoom platform, however we believe in being platform independent. If you are not comfortable with zoom, we can move seamlessly into any other platform of your choice.
REQUIREMENT FOR ONLINE THERAPY
1. Laptop & Internet Connection: We appreciate if parents can ensure that they have good to great connectivity prior to resuming the online sessions. Classes should happen on a Laptop. Mobile phones are a big no.
2. Active Screen Time: It’s not necessary that the child should be seated during the complete session. Just like in an in-person session, it can be a mix of movement and seated activities. Most of the language and play based goals can be achieved via online therapy. In terms of oral motor therapy or eating disorders, more specific and specialized guidance is needed and it needs a very experienced SLP to evaluate and plan the exercises which we will guide you. Magpie fleX Online Therapy Sessions provide the child and family with S.M.A.R.T. goals and the progress can be monitored at regular intervals.
3. Candidacy: Candidates for online therapy can be children with severe immunity/ health issues, Families staying in remote areas with limited professional help, families outside India who need additional support and Families within Bangalore or in India for whom regular travel to the center can be tedious.
4. Assessment: A mandatory assessment decides the targets and duration of the session. We tailor make an intervention program based on the child and family’s requirements. A virtual meeting is then arranged with the family to set expectations in terms of the therapy program, frequency of intervention and family commitment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Online Speech Therapy Effective
ASHA (American Speech Hearing Association) states that Online speech therapy is effective in treating expressive language disorders, fluency, cognition, voice related problems related to many disorders like Autism, Aphasia, Downs syndrome, Hearing Loss, Stroke, dementia and traumatic brain injury. Each client needs to be evaluated individually and a best practice model needs to be established. Magpie provides Online Speech Therapy via our fleX module based on proven techniques and practices that it has established. It is an amalgamation of countless hours of in-person intervention techniques as well as well researched strategies for making online sessions effective.
How do kids feel about online sessions? Above what age can I engage children on online therapy?
Most kids above the age of 2 years love the interaction via screen. It is important that the clinician plans the activities in a manner that there is learning and engagement and not passive/ static screen viewing.
Children below 2 year should not be exposed to direct screen/ gadgets and hence the parent coaching model needs to be embraced where in the therapist interacts with the parent over screen in daily routine activities with the child. The child need not look at the screen or interact with the therapist.
How can I track my child’s progress in Online Sessions?
Record Keeping of the session is of utmost importance and it should include documentation after each session which includes subjective measures indicating client progress and objective measures such as data collection.
How are online session supervised?
A seasoned mentor/ supervisor is also a vital step in promoting the clinicians success. The session can be recorded with the client permission and then evaluated by the supervisor. Also daily session sheets can help track the inventory of activities and associated goals.
As a parent, If i am not trained, How can I support the therapist during online sessisons?
How do I decide on the quality of therapy and therapist in tele-therapy/ online therapy?
A pediatric SLP needs to have had experience in carrying out in person intervention for children and young adults. Also if she is planning oral-motor therapy goals then she needs to have the necessary qualifications. A good online therapy clinician needs to be flexible in their offering as they can provide 15 min for kids learning to establish this schedule to around 60 min sessions for a cooperative and motivated child. They anticipate issues and keep the client and their family actively engaged and informed. Setting goals and establishing regular communication to discuss progress and objectives is essential. A combination of secure email exchange, phone conversations and supervised sessions complement the success of online therapy.
How can behaviors be managed in an online session?
Does my child have to look at the screen and sit in the whole session?
No! We do not recommend that the child has to sit in front of the screen for an online session. Just like an in person session, the session goals would begin with building engagement with the child in his/ her favorite activities with the parent. This information will be collected before hand during the assessment so that the session can be planned and implemented via parent coaching. Once the child starts to sit, then direct teaching techniques can be incorporated.
Can my therapist help me to learn and generalize the skills outside the therapy session?
What is the cost and duration of the session?
The cost and duration of the session depends on the assessment outcomes, goals and setting expectations that bridge the communication status of the child & needs of the family. Please contact the center for more details. If you are not satisfied with the progress in the online sessions, we do have a refund policy.