Teletherapy is the delivery of Telehealth Services, or early intervention services, using distance technology, typically computers, when the therapist or early intervention specialist and child and caregiver are not in the same physical location. Telehealth Therapy Services providers include speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, service coordinators and early intervention specialists.
Watch an example of a Telehealth Therapy service below.
THE BENEFITS OF TELEHEALTH SERVICES
CAREGIVER PARTICIPATION: Research shows children learn best from their parents! With Telehealth therapy services, parents are coached by Brighton to perform therapeutic intervention strategies. When parents practice a skill or strategy, they improve at it and can better use it outside the session. The more the skill is taught to a child, the quicker the progress a child will show.
HIGHER FREQUENCY & ADDED CONVENIENCE: The convenience of Teletherapy will make it easier for your service providers to conduct visits more often and will make it easier for you – all you have to do is simply login!
REDUCED CANCELLATIONS: Unlike an in-person visit, a Teletherapy services visit wont have to be rescheduled due to a child or family member illness or a service provider illness. In addition, inclement weather won’t cause the need to reschedule either.
PRIVACY & SECURITY EFFORTS GUARANTEED: Security procedures will be followed to protect the confidentiality of patient/client information and to safeguard information against intentional and unintentional corruption: a) Only encrypted software programs will be used to conduct the sessions and b) Lesson plan progress notes, evaluation results, or any other documents containing personal information (names, addresses, birth dates, etc.) will be either mailed to the caregiver through the U.S. Postal Service or emailed via encrypted email.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING TELEHEALTH THERAPY SERVICES
- The laws that protect the privacy and confidentiality of health and early intervention information also apply to telehealth. My provider will not give information they obtain during telehealth visits that identifies me or my child to anyone outside of this program without my consent except for the purposes of treatment, payment, and healthcare operations.
- As with any internet-based communication, I understand that there is a slight risk of security breach. However, I believe that the potential benefits of telehealth therapy outweigh this risk.
- I understand that individuals other than my provider may also be present and have access to my information during the telehealth session. This is so they can operate or repair the video or audio equipment used. These persons will adhere to privacy policies.
- I have the right to withhold or withdraw my consent to the use of teletherapy at any time. Withdrawing my consent will not affect any future services. It will not impact our entitlement to early intervention benefits.
- I have the right to inspect all information obtained and recorded through telehealth visits. I may expect the anticipated benefits from the use of tele-intervention, but I understand there is no guarantee to results.
- The family can submit concerns to Julie Yocham, Director of Early Childhood Intervention at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-826-4492.
- I have read and understand the information provided above regarding telehealth therapy, and all of my questions have been answered to my satisfaction.