When it comes to planning therapeutic activities for OT sessions online, it definitely takes good communication and collaboration between therapist, parent or caregiver.
When kids come to the clinic, the answer to the question, “What are we going to do today?” often comes pretty easily, especially if you’re and OT with a closet or cupboard full of activities and ideas.
However, when it comes to working with kids virtually, this very same question has an extra degree of difficulty for a number of reasons.
Some of the biggest challenges of OT treatment planning for telehealth sessions are…
- You feel like you don’t have as many activity ideas for telehealth as you do for in person sessions.
- You don’t have the luxury of a therapy gym full of equipment or cupboards full of games and activities.
- Your clients may have different levels of support or access to therapy supplies at home.
So, what’s a therapist to do? How can parents or caregivers help support their child’s online OT session using every day household items?
Fortunately, the answer is a fairly simple solution. When it comes to therapy activities for telehealth…
All you need to do is… harness your clinical reasoning skills, think creatively and add a sense of fun to help these household items go from functional to fabulous!
I’ve created a Telehealth Home Inventory Checklist to help you get started with your treatment planning. Consider it as a starter kit for a home item checklist. There’s no need to overwhelm yourself or your parents, with a giant of items they need for online occupational therapy sessions.
As a matter of fact, it’s helpful to review this checklist with parents the first session so you can get an idea of what supplies they already have at home.
Using the Home Inventory Starter checklist is a quick win for everyone because it’s…
- Helps you plan future treatment planning knowing what materials are available to the child
- Utilizes activities helpful for boosting kids development and can target specific fine motor or adaptive skills
- Gives parents activity ideas to keep their kids busy and helps with carry over at home
The next question is… What are some ideas for using house hold items?
Share your favorite ideas in the comments below!
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