How does it work?
Online educational therapy is just like in-person educational therapy but with an online delivery to better meet the needs of your family.
The only difference between online therapy and in-person therapy is that the service is delivered through our telecommunication platform Zoom (it's just like Skype).
Essentially, we are using technology to connect with your child...smae team...same approach.
Is Online Therapy Effective?
Absolutely! A great deal of research has been conducted on the efficacy of online therapy across many different settings. Some studies showed that the online delivery was more effective than therapy occurring in the in-person. Check out this research article "making the case for a new therapy model".
Because of the technology component, we have found many students to be more engaged in the learning process. Students are able to manipulate the screen and materials in much the same way they do during in-person sessions. While the delivery of the session is slightly different, the material presented is exactly the same as the material presented in our in-person sessions!
How Do we Connect?
At Ascend, we use Zoom video conferencing which is available to download for free to your computer. We then send you a meeting invite with a personal code to connect with us. Most students in third grade and above are able to navigate this process completely independently.
What Equipment Do I Need?
In order to be eligible for telepractice you need access to:
- A device with a webcam and speaker. While desktops are certainly preferable to tablets, we have used internet-capable tablet devices (iPads, Chrome Books, etc) to conduct therapy where necessary.
- A stable internet connection. For best connectivity, we suggest being connected through a land-connection. While wifi works most of the time, it can create slower response times and lagging so if at all possible we recommend a land-connection.
Who Will Work With My Child?
Rest assured that you will be working with the same clinicians as you would be working with in an in-person format and we never contract out our online services to another company.
During our math sessions - we often display short videos by Mr. Steve Demme, the creator of Math-U-See which is the program we use. However, we are manipulating these videos in order to allow for a truly engaging and interactive lesson.
What if I am not Sure if this will work for my child?
While telepractice is a fantastic option for therapy, we understand it may not work for everyone. We would be happy to schedule a brief trial session to see whether this option might work for your family.