FAMILY PARTNERS PROGRAMME | Finding a new way to do therapy – online!
The coronavirus outbreak has prevented FPP families from attending their regular therapy and special education classes at the FPP Services Centre. The Cross Care teams have not been able to conduct family home visits due to strict travel restrictions imposed by the government. Faced with this new challenge, the FPP teams have created a range of therapy and special education video classes online to continue serving the families in our programme.
The city of Changsha has been under tight restrictions that have required many residents to stay at home.
If the children can’t receive regular therapy sessions, their development can be severely affected. Even though our Cross Care teams are prevented from making home visits these days, the teams regularly check up on the families to ensure their day-to-day needs are met and that they are getting adequate medical supplies such as masks and disinfectants. We are also providing one-to-one classes through the WeChat application mobile platform to help the children and their families continue their therapy exercises at home.
Online Therapy Classes
The FPP teams schedule online therapy sessions with the children in the afternoons; each session lasts for about an hour. All it takes is a mobile phone!
The session would usually begin with our social worker spending the first ten minutes running through the family’s current situation, Then, using the camera on the parent’s phone, the therapist would then assess the child’s current needs and discuss goals with the family, including different therapy exercises and suggestions to help the child’s continued improvement. The families have the opportunity to ask the team questions and raise their concerns relating to their child’s needs. Having understood each child’s situation, the team would also assist them in finding professional and trustworthy medical resources to help improve their child’s condition.After providing a personalized class for each child, the special education teacher prepares audio storybooks and craft videos for the families to listen to and watch at home with their children.
Junlin and his grandmother taking an online therapy session with the Cross Care team through a video call.
Through video online demonstrations, our therapist is able to guide the child and the family to do therapy at home.
A one-to-one therapy session via WeChat video call at the FPP Services Centre.
Supporting Families Through Technology
While they are not able to spend time with their teachers and therapists at the FPP services centre, children and their families are able to receive love and care from the Cross Care team through innovative use of technology. The online communications and the use of different media platforms have enabled the Cross Care teams to continue to play a crucial role in the families’ lives.
The coronavirus outbreak has brought about many challenges, but the teams have been able to support the families regardless. It’s a joy to be able to see the excitement in the children’s eyes when they see their teachers and therapists during these online therapy sessions. It is also comforting for the families to know that they have the support of FPP even in difficult times like this.
“Our staff are pioneering new methods to serve families… I am proud of them for leveraging these unique challenges into innovative opportunities.”
– David Bondy, FPP Development Manager
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