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Virtual Pediatric Therapy: An Introduction to Online Evaluations

presented by Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L

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Financial: Jenny Clark receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She receives royalties from AAPC Publishing, Therapro, Abilitations, Cross Country Educations/PESI, and Summit Professional Education.

Nonfinancial: Jenny Clark has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 61 minutes, Learning Assessment: 34 minutes
Telehealth is an alternative service delivery model that pediatric occupational therapists and pediatric physical therapists can use for implementing therapeutic interventions. Research supports the efficacy of telehealth in pediatric OT and PT populations, but providing this form of pediatric therapy comes with a unique set of challenges. Therapists new to this delivery model need to be equipped with practical information on how to conduct evaluations and effectively implement therapeutic interventions.

In this course on virtual pediatric therapy, therapists will ascertain appropriate virtual technology and online platforms for teleintervention as well as practice guidelines for each discipline. Therapists will learn how to utilize telehealth for informal assessment methods and acceptable standardized assessments to conduct a comprehensive virtual evaluation. Therapists will glean insights into dealing with difficult behaviors that may arise during a telehealth session. This presentation is applicable for occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists who work in pediatric settings.

Meet Your Instructor

Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L

Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L, has helped children for the past 30 years as a licensed pediatric occupational therapist, working as a speaker, school-based occupational therapist, consultant, private practitioner at her own clinic (Jenny's Kids, Inc.), independent contractor for early intervention services, author, and inventor. Jenny currently works as an OT supervisor in school-based teletherapy practice.…

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1. Setting the Stage for Pediatric Telehealth Service Delivery Model

Chapter 1 reviews technology requirements for effective virtual therapy evaluations and treatment sessions. This is important for therapists to know so that they have adequate audio and video tech support in preparation for productive tele-sessions. This chapter also examines HIPAA-compliant platforms and setting up a virtual therapy space.

2. Discipline-Specific Pediatric Telehealth Practices

Chapter 2 discusses telehealth guidelines and evidence-based practices for OT, PT, and SLP. It is important for therapists to know their state practice laws for implementing telehealth.

3. Virtual Pediatric Evaluations: Informal Assessments

Chapter 3 examines pediatric clinical observations and informal assessment methods that can be implemented in a telehealth platform. It’s important to know what clinical observations can and cannot be properly conducted virtually.

4. Virtual Pediatric Evaluations: Acceptable Standardized Assessments

Chapter 4 highlights pediatric standardized motor, sensory, and language assessments that can be implemented in a telehealth platform. It is important to adhere to copyright laws and standardized methods when conducting a pediatric therapy evaluation online.

5. Think Like a Detective: Solving the Mysteries of Pediatric Telehealth

Chapter 5 looks at a variety of techniques and examples to manage behaviors virtually. It’s important to be prepared for unexpected behaviors that are unique to pediatric teletherapy.

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