Social Groups via Teletherapy

In the article “How Can We Make Social Groups Work Online”, author Mary Ann O’Connell discusses social language group treatment via telehealth sessions. During these sessions, she found it beneficial to adjust the pace and set-up of sessions. Currently, many children may be experiencing heightened and more intense emotions in relation to COVID-19. Establishing a routine for group sessions can be helpful for regulating clients. At Wee Speech, several of our therapists and their clients have participated in social groups online. We have found great success in these groups. Group rules such as refraining from using the keyboard unless instructed to use, waiting until a peer has finished speaking, and minimizing external distractions (clear workspace, quiet environment) have increased the overall effectiveness of sessions. Our clients have reported finding the group to be fun, interactive and engaging — a time to look forward to in the week.