In an era where the digital and online world is constantly changing and becoming more and more popular and accessible, it makes sense that many traditional face-to-face supports are adapting too.
In the realm of allied health: online therapy has become increasingly popular, and over the years, the team at Umbo, have been supporting more and more families through online speech pathology and occupational therapy supports Australia-wide.
We asked their brilliant occupational therapist, Fad Shaiful, to unravel the ways in which online therapy is emerging as a lifeline for families residing in rural and remote regions of our expansive country.
This blog post covers the benefits of online therapy in rural and remote areas, including:
Your therapy can move with you!
All you need is a device and your sessions can continue to occur while you’re on the road
- Be in the comfort of their own home
- Be able to interact with their favourite toys or games
- Not have to deal with the potential difficulties of interacting with someone in their personal space
- Do therapy whilst playing games online, which can be an effective engagement tool.
- Efficient Assessments: Many standardized assessments are paperless and online, enabling therapists to inform their therapeutic plans and save considerable time processing results
- Interactive platforms: Encrypted and secure online environments facilitate collaborative therapeutic journeys such as Zoom or Google Drive, where activities, methods, and growth are dynamically shared. There are so many more online options available now to make therapy really fun!
- Real time vs delayed time support : Online therapy means that therapists can work directly with you and your child during sessions, as well as indirectly. For example, through video recordings, therapists might be able to see what a meltdown looks like, or how a new strategy is working out. They can then provide follow up support via email, phone or in the next session.
- Including everyone: Another benefit of online sessions is that it often means family members can attend sessions more readily. For example, a child may have their session while at school, and their parents can join the session from their workplace during their lunchbreak