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May 6, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Telehealth Therapy to Continue Your Child’s Care

Children’s therapy in the age of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has affected every area of our lives, including the healthcare industry. While front line workers are battling to save COVID-19 patients in the hospital, other healthcare professionals are seeking new ways to see patients when they can’t meet in person. Many elective procedures are being postponed, but other conditions simply can’t wait for the world to open up again.

The need for continued care has led to a rise in telehealth services or virtual medicine. What is telehealth, and how can it be applied to therapy for children who struggle with physical, developmental, or emotional conditions?

We discuss the many ways that we are continuing to reach children so they can reach their full potential.

The impact of COVID-19 on special needs children

COVID-19 has certainly made an impact on our society, but perhaps none more than our children. With schools closed across the country, parents are suddenly charged with being the teacher. Educators worry that children will miss out on critical learning. However, parents of children with special needs are facing even bigger challenges.

Established routines have been disrupted while social distancing and stay-at-home requirements have curtailed access to essential therapy.

Add in the fear and uncertainty surrounding the virus itself, and it’s easy to understand how children would have a hard time coping during this time.

Telehealth or virtual medicine is one way we can continue to care for our young patients with physical disadvantages, developmental delays, and emotional or behavioral conditions.

What is telehealth?

It’s important to define this type of healthcare practice, so you understand what telehealth entails. “Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status.

Physician practices, clinics, hospitals, and even insurance companies use virtual technology to see and interact with patients in real time.

Remote medical service is not entirely new. Many practitioners and insurance providers have provided 24-hour phone hotline service for years. Most connect you with a nurse, nurse practitioner, or medical doctor so you can ask questions to determine if you should seek further medical treatment.

How physicians use telehealth:

  • Discuss medical issues in real time
  • Provide diagnoses
  • Talk about treatment options
  • Write prescriptions

Virtual children’s therapy

For children with developmental or physical challenges, regular and consistent therapy is essential. Virtual therapy services allow our therapists to interact with your child in real time, so there is no disruption to his/her treatment schedule.

All you need is a smart device (phone, tablet, or computer) and a Wi-Fi or high-speed internet connection. You never have to miss an appointment, and therapists can tailor treatment to your child’s needs.

Virtual services at Lumiere Children’s Therapy include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work services

While virtual therapy fills a specific need during the COVID-19 crisis, you can take advantage of the technology any time. You can connect with us via a safe and secure online platform.

Benefits of virtual therapy:

  • Ability to treat children in the comfort and safety of their home
  • Never miss an appointment due to schedules, travel plans, or coronavirus stay-at-home directives
  • Maintain a consistent therapy schedule
  • Parents can receive tools to address specific needs of their child
  • Access treatment in remote or rural communities
  • Treatment for medically fragile children

The length of therapy is tailored to fit the needs of the client and the family. Virtual sessions are billable to your insurance. Speak to your provider about specific benefits.

Lumiere Children’s Therapy

Lumiere Children’s Therapy provides treatment, support, and education for children in need and their families. Our mission is to give hope that any child can improve and achieve traditional milestones.

Our services include:

  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Developmental therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • ABA therapy – Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Social work
  • Augmentative alternative communication
  • Early intervention
  • Teletherapy

If your child is struggling with speech, physical impairments, or developmental delays, we can help. Contact us today to discuss virtual therapy or any of our other services.

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