Virtual Home Therapy

Virtual home sessions are therapy sessions provided in the comfort of your own home implemented by our experienced therapists.  

What are virtual home sessions? 

Virtual home sessions use a HIPPA compliant video conference platform to provide face-to-face screenings, evaluations, and therapy in your home. Virtual home sessions focus on: 

  • Parent coaching 
  • Home setup and organization  
  • Generalizing skills from school/clinic to the home 
  • Home focused goals 
  • Continuing current treatment in comfort of your home 

Video conferencing sessions are conveniently scheduled around your family’s routine to best support your family in the home environment. 

Who could benefit from virtual home therapy sessions? 

Children who usually get therapy services in the school or clinic could benefit from a virtual home session! We are currently accepting new clients for speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, ABA therapy and social work.

Does insurance cover virtual home therapy sessions? 

Eyas Landing accepts most insurance plans. Before beginning services, our experienced billing team will run your benefits and provide you with a summary of cost/benefits. Most insurance plans are covering virtual sessions! At this time, we do not accept Medicaid. We DO accept early intervention. 

Will my child need an evaluation? 

If your child has an evaluation within the last year, an updated evaluation is not needed and services can start immediately.  If your child was evaluated over a year ago, one of our skilled therapists can perform a virtual evaluation (as appropriate) before beginning services. 

What happens in Speech Therapy? 

Speech therapy done virtually can address the same needs as in person. Speech therapy sessions focus on speech, language and feeding development. Areas that can be addressed include: 

  • Supporting a child to produce target speech sounds (e.g. working on /th//s/, or /r/ sounds)  
  • Saying one sound for another (e.g. kack for tack; guck for duck; keen for clean; bu for bus; no for nose)  
  • Stuttering– your child has a hard time getting words out (e.g. “I want a……. cookie.”); stretches a sound (e.g. coooooooookie); or repeats part of the word (e.g. co-co-co-cookie)  
  • Working on how the voice sounds, such as loud vs soft, hoarse vs smooth, high/low pitch versus even pitch 
  • How a child is understanding what others say, such as following directions 
  • How a child tells others what they want and need, and for them to be understood by a new person 
  • Social skills, such as having conversations with their friends and adults 
  • Use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) or speech-generating devices (SGDs) 
  • Expanding a child’s current food preferences to explore different types of food 
  • Supporting a child’s development of oral motor skills through the use of different foods and tools. This is beneficial when transitioning from a bottle and/or sippy cup to an open cup or straw.  

What does Speech Therapy in the home look like? 

Virtual speech-language-feeding therapy can include fun movement games, table top activities, and pretend play that incorporate your child’s interests (e.g. characters from movies, making designs in different foods, going on “missions” to rescue stuffed animals, dance parties, and more) while working towards meeting their therapy goals. These sessions also include family education, support, and plan development on facilitating a language-rich environment into a daily routine that will benefit everyone! 

What happens in Occupational Therapy? 

Occupational therapy virtual home sessions focus on a child fully participating in their home with a focus on sensory, motor and emotional development. Areas address include: 

  • Working on calming and regulating strategies throughout the day 
  • Family routines, such as going for a walk, bike riding, making cookies, or family dinner time 
  • The child’s routines, such as bathingsleeping, grooming, and getting dressed by themselves, including buttoning, zippering, and shoe tying 
  • Potty training 
  • Social skills – independent and cooperative play skills 
  • Handwriting and typing 
  • Memory and Attention Skills 
  • Vision skills needed for improved reading, concentration and coordination 
  • Motor planning and following directions 

What does Occupational Therapy in the home look like? 

Virtual occupational therapy sessions include movement activities for getting the body to feel good and balance, a fun game (such as a board game or a game the child has created), and a seated activities that focuses on following directions, hand strength and coordination, and paying attention for an extended period. Parent coaching occurs throughout the session to ensure carryover of skills and goals. Virtual OT sessions look similar to in-clinic sessions, and are a seamless transition to supporting the child and family in their home! 

What happens in Physical Therapy? 

Virtual physical therapy sessions are a great way to work on motor skill development in the home. Areas addressed include: 

  • Increasing strength and flexibility to ensure the body is using all muscles the proper way 
  • Working on balance to be able to walk up and down stairs, kick balls, and be safe on surfaces that aren’t even 
  • Supporting the brain and body to work together for the child to be able to move how they intend, navigate obstacles, and use healthier body movements 
  • Helping with early childhood conditions like flat head, torticollis and toe walking 
  • Sports-related skills, such as throwing, catching, kicking, and participation in sports using equipment (e.g. bat, racket, etc) 
  • Sports-performance drills to ensure athletes are using their body properly to prevent injury and increase performance 

What does Physical Therapy in the home look like? 

Virtual physical therapy can include fun movement games, exercises, and other motor activities that incorporate your child’s interests (e.g. characters from movies, playing card games, going on “missions” to rescue stuffed animals, dance parties, and more) while working toward therapy goals. These sessions can also include family education, support, and plan development on incorporating movement into a daily routine that the whole family can enjoy! 

What happens in ABA? 

Virtual home ABA sessions are a great way to carry over the techniques and skills that children have been working on during their sessions. Areas addressed include: 

  • In-home and Community Safety 
    • Increasing the child’s ability to follow directions and routines while in a community or home setting by using a reward system to reward behaviors you want to see more of! 
  • Caregiver/Parent Training 
    • Working with the family on understanding why challenging behaviors happen and what to do to help your child 
    • Strategies for praising your child for behaviors you want to see 
    • Supporting potty training  
    • Sleep training (e.g. getting your child to go to sleep at the same time each evening) 
    • Feeding (e.g. increasing the number of foods your child eats from each food group)  
    • Dressing, including strategies on helping your child to dress as independently as possible 
    • Grooming skills, such as toothbrushing and handwashing  
  • Communication skills, including having conversations, expressing wants/needs and likes/dislikes, and effectively using an alternative communication system (e.g. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) or augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)) 
  • Play Skills, including with siblings and peers, independent and cooperative play 
  • Increasing attention and focus, including completing seated work more independently 
  • Cognitive skills, such as reading and math concepts, and modifying teaching strategies 

What happens in Social Work?

Virtual social work can offer families and children additional emotional support through individual, family and group counseling sessions. Eyas Landing Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) address the following areas:

  • Working one-on-one with the child to talk about feelings and solutions to manage emotions
  • Labeling emotions; identifying when these emotions happen; and what a child can do when angry, worried, scared, frustrated, or upset
  • Collaborating with the family on child on strategies to best support a child’s emotions
  • Caregiver training to understand a child’s emotions and what to do to best help your child
  • Family and individual mindfulness techniques
  • Child and caregiver coping skills
  • Social skills virtual play dates
  • Parent support group

What does Social Work in the home look like?

Social work sessions can vary by age, with focus being on development of emotions, understanding emotions, and working on coping strategies for both the child and caregiver. Sessions for younger children involve play with the child and caregiver, emotion identification, and problem solving how to best support emotional development. Sessions with school-aged children and adolescents focus on a mindfulness activity, then discussing coping strategies for difficulties that have come in their week. Eyas Landing’s social workers can support each families’ need virtually!

What happens in Early Intervention?

Early Intervention takes place in your child’s most natural environments, which is the perfect setting for a virtual experience. Early Intervention serves children ages 0-3 with developmental delays and disabilities with services and supports designed to meet each child’s unique needs and goals. Areas addressed include:

  • physical (reaching, rolling, crawling, walking, jumping)
  • cognitive (thinking, learning, solving problems)
  • communication (talking, listening, understanding others perspectives)
  • social/emotional (playing, feeling secure, interacting with others)
  • self-help (eating, dressing, bathing, sleeping)

Example of Virtual Home Therapy Session:

Check In: see how the week has gone. This is where the therapist can problem solve any arising concerns the parents are noting with their child, and how they can best support their child through difficulties.

Make a Schedule: with the parents and child for what the session will look like. The schedule will incorporate the child’s goals and also what the child wants to do.

Therapy Activities: The therapist will lead the child through several therapeutic activities based on their goals.

Session Wrap Up: discuss what the child did well, and what goals to keep working on.

How to get started?

Interested in learning more about virtual home therapy sessions? Please submit a request form or call today. A member of our intake team will work with you to check insurance coverage, find the best therapist for your family’s needs and assist in scheduling your first appointment. Call today!