What to expect after your initial enquiry.
Our online clinics take place over www.zoom.us You would be sent a secure individual link by your therapist, before your appointment. (This link and security code change for every appointment for privacy reasons).
Normally depending on your child’s age, 30 minute or 45 minute sessions would be recommended. Sometimes the first therapy session can take longer in case you and the therapist need more time. (It can be helpful to ask your child to go with another family member or to play with toys etc, so you and the therapist can have a quiet chat about what she thinks).
Online therapy for children is pretty much run the same as in clinic therapy, as the work is done through the parent. People are often puzzled by how a child, especially young children can sit for an online session?
There are still some misconceptions about online speech therapy as it is such a new way of service delivery in Ireland.
We’ve compiled a few of the more common ones here. (Link opens in New tab)
Well – just think of your normal Skype or Zoom call with adults as similar to watching a grown up serious TV programme such as the news, or ‘Prime Time’ at 9.30 at night. You wouldn’t think to ask a young child to sit through it, it’s not catered to them. Likewise, most Zoom or Skype calls parents will have had themselves, will have been catered to an adult audience.
Think of Paediatric Speech Therapy Online sessions as similar to a children’s TV programme in that it is geared towards what the child will like, and want to see and do.
When arranging the test call, our therapist would want to know from you what sort of things your child is into, e.g. Paw Patrol, Thomas the Tank Engine, Spiderman, etc., so that they can redecorate the virtual room in advance for them. We have some lovely feedback from current parents on how they are finding Online Speech and Language Therapy with their children of all abilities and ages, here: https://www.cattsireland.com/testimonials/
We have a few tips to help make online therapy work best here: https://www.cattsireland.com/onlinetherapy/
We also have a handout here, which can help you set things up if you need help:
If you are interested in the behind the scenes of online therapy, this video explains how we make children’s Online Speech and Language Therapy fun:
The first steps from your initial enquiry would be as follows:
1. If possible we would have a short phone call where we would run through how things normally work, and get an initial idea of your area of concern for your child’s speech and/or language. (This doesn’t necessarily need to happen if time is short, as our Case Referral form that we will ask you to complete will have all the details the therapist will need in order to start off therapy).
2. We would find a time that suits both you and the therapist. We would usually try to get a timeslot that we know is free on repeating weeks, so should you or your child require longer term support, that time is yours!
3. Ideally, you will return the Case History form to our therapist about 48-72 hours before the first therapy session. It is individualised therapy and normally they need time preferably a few days beforehand to prepare for the session. You’ll have your first therapy session along with your child within a week or two of contacting us.
And that’s it.
So, if you want to take the next step, please Contact us.