Making Online Learning FUNctional

Handling online learning with your child during a pandemic could be challenging at times, especially if your child needs out of the classroom services. Moving from in-person therapy sessions to at-home therapy sessions may be a rough transition. Occupational therapists are trying to figure out the best way to help your children reach their goals as well as staying safe and healthy. One solution that can help you and your family is teletherapy!

What is Teletherapy?

Teletherapy allows for the technology world and therapy world to come together. Technology allows therapists to work with their children through the screen of a computer. Occupational therapists are a part of the move to make teletherapy more common. During the pandemic, it is more commonly known for therapists to be working with their clients through teletherapy with a variety of both physical and mental health conditions.

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Occupational therapists can use teletherapy to help their patients achieve the same goals during their online sessions as if they were in-person sessions. Teletherapy uses several interventions to help your child achieve their goals with the following:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Writing, reading, or learning
  • Gross motor skills
  • Achieving self-care
  • Managing emotions and behaviors
  • Engaging in activities
  • Organizing and completing tasks
  • Interacting or communicating with other people

The OT Toolbox shares more information on understanding teletherapy.

Here are the best tips to help with teletherapy:

  • Create a routine: Creating a “new normal” routine that works best for you and your family will be helpful when staying at home during the day. Being on a set schedule will help your child understand that they still need to do the same things that they were doing at school while being at home.
  • Set up an environment/workspace: Setting up a comfortable environment can help your child transition better to online learning and teletherapy.
  • Finding household items to use during sessions: Using items like pillows, a laundry basket, toilet paper, sponges, blanket, or a tunnel in teletherapy will keep the interest of your child while working at home.
  • Building in life skills while staying at home:
    • Using snack foods to make creative crafts
    • Carrying and putting away groceries
    • Bringing down the laundry hamper, doing laundry, and putting away laundry
    • Working on getting dressed
    • Sweeping with a broom and dustpan
    • Wiping down the table and setting it up
    • Making the bed and changing the sheets

If you want more helpful tips for teletherapy, click here!

How Online Learning works with Occupational Therapy?

Online learning is broken down into four categories based on occupational therapy done in school. These categories are broken down into:

  • Sensory regulation
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Visual-motor skills
  • School-related self-cares skills

Presence Learning shares more on online learning here!

Platforms to use for Teletherapy

Occupational therapists are using social platforms to use for teletherapy. All of these platforms have been approved and are easy to use.

10 Teletherapy Games Your Child Will Love

To keep your child interested with therapy while being online and offline, here are some fun games you can play with them any time during the day!Teletherapy Online Games

Mr. Potato Head Online: This game is great to work on spatial awareness, but your child doesn’t get the chance to work on their fine motor skills. http://mrpotatohead.play.scriptmania.com/mrspotatohead/?fbclid=IwAR0LUES0MCL7m3MxPvt_jYV_u1I6xDNgVyFdpVrOsOBytymVI4rgxBThFa4

Nick Jr. Games: This website is great for children to work on their visual perceptual skills. http://www.nickjr.com

Jeopardy Labs: This game is great for the family! You and your kids can make your own Jeopardy boards while working on your child’s handwriting skills! https://www.growinglittlebrains.com/blog/fun-ot-teletherapy-games

ABCya!: This is a fun educational website with games that go by subjects and themes. https://www.abcya.com

Toy Theater: This website is great for older kids to help with executive functioning. https://toytheater.com 

THERAPY OFF-LINE GAMES

6. Cards

7. Simon Says

8. Rock, paper, scissor

9. Tic tac toe

10. Scavenger Hunt

Check out for more fun games here! https://www.theottoolbox.com/teletherapy-activities-for-occupational-therapy/

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