by Marlene Schoenberg, Ed.M. CCC-SLP

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In Segment 1, we discussed preparing for teletherapy sessions. In Segment 2 , I shared how to be more effective during each session.  Then, in Segment 3, I elaborated on technical problem solving. If you missed any of these segments, I encourage you to go back to the blog and check out these useful lists and discussions.

For our last part, Segment 4, I will include:

  • Debriefing and Follow-Up
  • Self-care for the Speech-Language Pathologist/Occupational Therapist
  • References

Debriefing and Follow-Up

  1.   Homework. Send worksheets between sessions.  Email, text or snail mail.  It is also fun for students to receive sticker rewards in the mail.
  2. Confer about plans for the next session.  After a difficult session, brainstorm with the caregiver about what you could do differently next time.

Self-Care for the Speech Pathologist/Occupational Therapist

  1.  Conserve your voice. Think how your throat feels if you are straining or speaking too loudly.  Tape yourself for audio feedback.
  2. Monitor your fatigue level.  Yoga stretching and a short rest with quiet music, for even 5 minutes, can make a difference.
  3. Give yourself a voice break between students.  After I work with 2 teletherapy clients in a row for intense preschool “theratainment”, I need a cup of tea and some breathing activities to re-center my voice.

Conclusion

Before 3 months ago, I had occasionally done distance learning activities in my adult practice.  Now I can add teletherapy with children to my strategic tool chest for helping improve communication skills. You may be doing up to 7 teletherapy sessions in a day now. Think about the gas money you are saving, the traffic jams you are avoiding and the dangerous winter ice and snow conditions that you are no longer have to deal with!

I did not intentionally choose to be a full time teletherapy speech-language pathologist, but current circumstances chose me. I have risen to the occasion and I am in a new professional growth phase and “zooming”.  I hope my experiences and suggestions will help propel you forward too.

You can overcome tech glitches with check lists while maintaining self-composure.  You can calm down children who become dysregulated (with a little help from caregivers).  You can use humor, joyful interactions and new knowledge to creatively reach your clients’ therapy goals on line. Give it a try!

Mark Twain once said, “If you think you can or you think you can’t. You are right!”

 

References

Upper Elementary – HS
Uno on line
Mad Libs
Crossword puzzles at different levels
Quiz Show: “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?”
Password
(Newer version- 25 Words or Less)
Games to Enlarge for Video Therapy
Board Games
 Books for Preschoolers- Grade 1
Arnold, Tedd, Fly Guy (series),  Scholastic, N.Y., 2005
Carle, Eric, The Very Hungry  Caterpillar, 1969
Raffi and Wolff, Ashley, Baby Beluga, Crown Publishers,
N.Y.,1980
Dr. Seuss, ABC, Green Eggs and Ham, Cat in the Hat, Fox
on Sox, I Can Read Beginning Books, N.Y. 1960
Smith, Craig, The Wonky Donkey,  Scholastic, N.Y. 2009
Timms, Jean, My Head to Toe Book, Golden Sturdy Books,
NY, 1974
 Speech  Apps
Animation Station
Articpix.com
Speech Parrot
Lessonpix.com ( for pictures, vocabulary and lesson
planning)
General Conversation Apps/ Giving and
Following Instructions
My Play Home
My Play School
Get Dressed
 Puppet  Knowledge/ Creativity
Jim Henson, Sesame Street
Shari Lewis
Randell Monson, creativelyspeaking.com
 Music and  Songs
Rachael Arneson, Talk it Rock it. (old site Kid’s
Express Train)
Kids  Can talk, Talking Time  admin@kidscantalk
Songs on Youtube
Laurie Berkner’s Greatest Hits
Raffi
Pete Seeger
Peter, Paul and Mary (Kids’ Album: Peter, Paul
and Mommy)
Ukulele
Ukulele Storytime, Rose Oyamot- Youtube Station
(Librarian,  Highland Park Branch,  St. Paul
Public Library, ukulele instructor)
Emotions
Zones of  Regulation, Web site: Crisis
Prevention Institute

 Improv
Stevie Ray, Minneapolis MN.
Improv 4  Kids website
TV Show- “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (with Drew Carey)
Hough, Karen, , The  Improv Edge, Berrett-Koebler, San Francisco, 2011
 Yoga
Christine Mignogna, Winged Heart Yoga
Yoga Calm
Humor and Laughter Yoga,  laughteryoga.org
King, Brian,  Workshop  on Humor, Laughter and Health,
Institute of Brain Potential