SPOT4YOU - Tele-Therapy - Occupational TherapyDistance Occupational Therapy designed specifically for your individual needs.
Occupational Therapy via Tele-Therapy
SPOT4YOU provides tele-therapy service options for families who are in areas that are not covered by our mobile clinicians. Via tele-therapy SPOT4YOU Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists offer assessment, ongoing treatment and management of a wide range of childhood disorders and disabilities in newborns through to 18 year olds, as well as training and education for carers (teachers, parents and others), and assessment, treatment and management of some adult conditions. Our therapists also assist paediatricians in diagnosing conditions, in particular Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Funding options are the same in Tele-therapy as for our other services. Please see the Funding Page for further information.
Whilst we do offer many of the services traditionally provided by our mobile clinicians, we have prepared a Clinical Scope of Practice, which details what we are able to provide via tele-therapy. These are discussed in detail below.
Clinical Scope of Practice for Occupational Therapy
A SPOT4YOU Occupational Therapist is happy to receive referrals covering a broad range of presentations including:
The SPOT4YOU Occupational Therapist can provide the following services via tele-therapy:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger's Syndrome)
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Dyslexia (visual) and specific learning difficulties
- Dysgraphia (progressive handwriting dysfunction)
- Behavioural and emotional issues
- Mental health disorders
- Disabilities including Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and rare genetic disorders
- Developmental delay
The following areas are likely to fall out of the Clinical Scope of Practice for Occupational Therapists:
- Full comprehensive reports for paediatricians and GPs
- Education/training workshops and management strategies for teachers, parents and other carers (particularly important for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, learning disorders and disabilities)
- Some assessment and screening
- Clinical observation and feedback
- Detailed home programs and treatment demonstration
- Toiletting and feeding training
- Sensory diets
- Many treatment programs
- Initial stage of detailed assessment process (parent and teacher interviews to obtain histories)
- Ongoing monitoring and grading of treatment programs
- Regular progress reports
- Literacy and handwriting training
- Parent and carer assessment
- Behaviour management training
- For adults with Acquired Brain Injury (as well as some children with physical disabilities) they can provide equipment prescription, cognitive interventions, functional daily living activities and upper limb functional use training
It may be possible to train teachers and carers to implement the ongoing hands-on work, as is often required when treating children face to face (ie some protocols that are carried on at home by parents/carers on a daily or regular basis to ensure the program's success). However, this is dependent on the child.
- Specific child directed therapy sessions such as DIR-Floortime between therapist and child (in some instances this could potentially be done with carers alone as well as with the child)
- Any hands-on therapy - sensory defensive protocols such as thera-pressure brushing, joint manipulation/facilitation, physical prompting, visual and verbal prompting would be limited for lower functioning children, positioning and resistance work
Initial detailed developmental assessments requiring more formal testing, as well as feeding and swallowing assessments, would also be considered out of scope.