- Are your online OT skills in need of a quick makeover?
- Do you ever wish you had a magic wand to transform yourself into an amazing online therapist?
- Are you ready for your big telehealth debut?
If you’re a kind-hearted pediatric therapist who has a genuine desire to help kids, but your telehealth skills are not so pretty, I’ve got you covered. Don’t worry, you’re not alone…
Whether you’re brand new to online therapy or looking to level up, fortunately, you don’t need a fairy godmother’s magic to achieve success.
Ever since the pandemic, the occupational therapy profession has had to undergo a major transformation from what traditional therapy sessions look like.
If you’re a pediatric OT practitioner, now is the time to transition your in-person clinical skills to teletherapy skills.
As a matter of fact, if you want to transform your career and become an amazing occupational therapist in the world of telehealth, no wands are necessary! All you need is an open mind and the right training to set you up for success!
Follow these 3 steps to make the magic happen!
#1. Keep An Open Mind To Telehealth
If I could wave a magic wand, I’d wish for everything to go back to normal. I wish that all the therapists who lost their jobs during the pandemic could find meaningful employment to not only fulfill their financial needs, but also be able to fulfill their desire to help kids and families.
The truth is, telehealth is here to stay… even after the pandemic is over. There’s no going back to how things used to be in our profession. You’ll have to make the transition to telehealth as effective service delivery model sooner… rather than later.
The time is now, and it’s best to accept this fact and have an open mind to learning all that you can to become competent and confident in your teletherapy skills.
#2. Choose The Right Equipment and Telehealth Software
The second step to succeeding at telehealth is knowing which type of equipment and software is the best match for your needs and practice setting.
It’s also important to have a good understanding of the tech set up in order for your experience to go as smoothly as possible. I’ve done extensive research and there are definitely key features that you should know about before you invest in or before you start your telehealth services. Important features such overall security as well as the ability to screen share, mirror, annotate and offer shared control, are just a few of the functions to help your sessions go from out-dated to outstanding.
#3. Use The Best Online Resources For Your Practice Setting
When it comes to evaluation, assessment and therapy activity resources, you’ll feel much more confident if you’ve prepared a variety of online resources. It’s also essential for you to be able to access high quality continuing education and telehealth training to be the best online therapist you can be.
Imagine showing up to your online sessions with a full tool box of treatment ideas, assessment options and parent/caregiver consulting tips? Wouldn’t it be a relief to know that you had all the tools required to best meet the complex needs of your clients and students?
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need some extra guidance and training, I’ve got you covered! I spent the past 20 years working as an pediatric OT and am happy to share my experience and lessons learned. The past 4 years I’ve been creating T School, a telehealth pediatric OT training program for my own clinical team at Stepping Stones Therapy Network, who cross train in both outpatient clinic and school settings.
All of that hard work paid off and when my clinic was forced to close it’s doors to in person sessions, we made the transformation from in-clinic to online sessions overnight. Plus, the T School Program has already been “OT Tested and Kid Approved!”
When you’ve mastered the art of working online, it’s truly a rewarding feeling to share your “therapy magic” with kids and families through telehealth.
If you need some help in updating your tech skills and want to take your tech skills from mediocre to amazing, you’re in luck.
“T School ” or Telehealth for Pediatric Therapists was created for novice telehealth OT practitioners who want to feel more comfortable and confident while navigating the technical and clinical aspects of online therapy.
T School will help transform your future career by helping you to succeed online, while strengthening an essential skill set that you’ll need to stay current and cutting edge within the occupational therapy profession. Plus, you’ll receive AOTA approved CEUs upon successful completion of the course.