Online therapy and learning
Online therapy allows your child to participate in 1:1 therapy, live with their therapist or educator from a computer or tablet. Therapy and learning delivered online is a flexible and convenient way to ensure continuity of therapy, less missed appointments and positive outcomes. As a parent or caregiver, you will have unprecedented access to your child’s therapy and progress.
Therapy and learning available online
We currently offer online treatment and interventions for the following professional services:
- In Ontario
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Across Canada (outside of Ontario)
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Special Education
Professional assessments are not offered online at this time. When possible, we recommend your child’s assessment be done at one of our clinic locations followed by online therapy or learning at home. If you already have an assessment for your child, but you have not yet started therapy due to lack of services in your community or long waiting lists, contact us today and get started with our online therapy and learning!
Watch this brief video to learn how online therapy and learning helps children and teens improve their coping, speech and language, and learning skills. Transcription of this video is available here.
Online therapy is effective
Online therapy – sometimes called teletherapy or telepractice – has been used by professionals for over two decades and more than 40 published, peer-reviewed research demonstrate that online therapy is as effective (sometimes even better) than in-person therapy. It is recognized as effective by leading authorities including the Mayo Clinic, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). Our own 2013 published research showed that video counselling is as effective in-person sessions.
Learning skills right in the home can be beneficial for the child and can make it easier for them to generalize those skills for various day-to-day tasks. Therapy online at home also allows parents to work on therapeutic goals with materials available at home. Beyond the therapeutic benefits, online therapy provides parents the convenience of having one less appointment to drive their child to!
Online therapy is suitable and effective for a wide range of challenges, including:
- Speech-Language Pathology: oral language, language delay, written language, stuttering, lisps, comprehension and processing, articulation
- Psychology: anxiety, depression, stress, behaviour, confidence, parental coaching
- Special Education: reading, writing, mathematics, organization and time management, attention, study strategies
Online therapy and learning is flexible and convenient
Online therapy and learning is ideal for mobile families with busy schedules, communities with limited access to professional services and long waiting lists.
Here are a few other circumstances where online therapy can be part of the solution:
- Children’s Support Solutions clinics are not readily accessible in your community
Attending appointments at one of our clinics is not possible due to mobility issues, child anxiety, work hours and schedules
- Continuity of therapy when your child is in the care of grandparents, daycare, school or other caregiver
- Continuity of therapy during your family’s summer travels
What you need for online therapy and learning sessions
More good news – online therapy does not require any complicated equipment. All you need is a high-speed internet connection and a computer or tablet with a webcam and speakers. We use an industry-leading video conferencing platform for our therapy; you will need to install the video conferencing software which takes just a few moments. The software is secure with many safeguards, encryptions, and firewalls ensuring login credentials and all communications are kept private and safe.