7 Surprising Benefits of Teletherapy & Why it’s the Future of Special Needs Support
The recent coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent need to adopt online counselling techniques has shown us where the world might be heading into in the next few years in this field. As experts say that social distancing is here to stay at least for the next year to reduce the possibility of further community transmission, more and more people will be choosing online counselling and therapy for their mental health needs. For those who have already made the leap, teletherapy is likely to remain the preferred mode of counselling support. In the last few years, we have seen the growing popularity of telemedicine and teletherapy. A 2010 research published in the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, which explores the viability and effectiveness of teletherapy for preschool children with special needs, shows that teletherapy is proving valuable in the delivery of health care services.
Online therapy options are the new frontier. One that many may resist initially, but that ultimately provides major benefits to clients and therapists alike. Here are some common benefits of teletherapy:
Privacy: Most people are not comfortable sharing the fact that they’re opting for professional help for themselves or their child. Teletherapy ensures maximum privacy every time.
Efficiency: Unexpected traffic closures often lead clients to race in, anxious about being late or missing any part of their therapy time.
Flexibility: Teletherapy also allows for flexibility of scheduling for overworked or busy clients. This is extremely helpful because those who need services the most often have the least time.
Patient Timeliness Improved: Teletherapy sessions can begin at the click of a button. Without problems like being stuck in a traffic jam, timeliness are significantly improved when clients are always in reach of their devices.
Streamlined Communication: Clients can opt for a reminder text or email and all information regarding their scheduled appointment is available at their fingertips. With teletherapy, miscommunications related to session times rarely occur.
Access for Remote Patients: For clients who live far away, travel time is a huge concern. With teletherapy, things are easier and more accessible.
Wait Times Reduced: Teletherapy gives us the benefit of near-immediate access. For clients who are in need to talk to someone urgently, often waiting for suitable appointment times can lead to cancellations or clients in dire situations.
Due to increased competition in telecommunication markets and lowering of costs, the provision of affordable teletherapy services in the 21st century is now a goal that can be achieved and will be preferred by the working population due to time constraints. Mom’s Belief’s online Comprehensive Home Program follows the teletherapy model, through which experts at Mom’s Belief work closely with parents to empower them with resources, training, and ongoing mentoring so that they can promote their child’s skills and advance their development. The family-centred services through this program enhance the effectiveness of the therapeutic intervention. Through this program, intervention services for a child with special needs are not limited to the premises of therapy centres, but that it extends to the comfort of their homes and wherever they go.
In a study, commercially available products were selected on the basis of cost-effectiveness, user-friendliness, and audio‐visual quality. Parents reported increased knowledge and confidence in developing their child’s communication skills and teletherapy was demonstrated to be an effective, reliable and exciting addition to a new era of therapy provision (Alison McCullough, 2010).
Recognition that parent training is a vital component of successful treatment programmes makes the use of teletherapy from clinic to home an ideal medium of sharing skills with carers (Alison McCullough, 2010).