Let’s talk about Virtual!

Our children’s worlds have experienced new levels of remoteness during this

pandemic…school, activities, outings, and more. There are pros and cons to the increase in

virtual offerings, but the pros outweigh the cons.

Families may struggle with “remote learning,” but are also spending more time together.

Children can take unique enrichment programs. They are also able to continue life-changing

services through virtual means. But even before the pandemic, there were benefits to virtual

therapies.

Virtual services help busy parents! It is convenient to turn on a computer and begin a 30-

minute therapy session and be done in time for dinner. As oppose to loading up the kids,

driving across town in traffic, and getting fast food, for a 30-minute appointment that really

takes 2 hours.

More importantly, research shows that virtual therapy sessions are just as effective as inperson

sessions! Virtual sessions are private and keep your family safe, which is especially

important during flu season, for children with health concerns, etc. In addition, children are

typically more comfortable inside their home during sessions. And let’s not forget how easy it is

for children to adapt to technology.

It is important however, to make sure that some of your child’s remote options have live people

interacting with your child on the other end. This interaction with an engaging adult makes

learning fun and ensures positive social-emotional development. Virtual services are a great

option for children and families.

If you would like to talk more about virtual therapeutic services, call Simmons Early

Intervention Therapy at 919-330-4802 or visit www.simmonseitherapy.com.

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