The Process of Working with a Therapist for In-Home Therapy
For something as important as finding a home therapist for your family, you want to know the basics about how to make this decision. It may seem overwhelming at the beginning, but once you take the initial step of discussing your concerns with your child’s pediatrician or family doctor, the rest of the process will progress naturally. Here is a guide on how to get started finding someone for in-home therapy, and what the process might look like.
Referrals for In-Home Therapy
Referrals are usually either done by the child’s doctor, or can be self-referred. When getting a referral from a doctor, the first point of action would be talking to your child’s doctor about any concerns you have about their development. They can do some initial testing or explain certain milestones and how your child’s development fits within them. If they want further testing done or agree with some of your concerns then at that point they will give a referral to have a more comprehensive evaluation done. With a self-referral, you can always just call and be connected with a patient advocate who could further talk with you about your child and help you navigate the information needed to proceed with a referral in regards to any documented diagnoses and insurance for in-home therapy.
Have an Evaluation Done
Once a referral has been made, you can get in touch with us at Solace or we will reach out to you and discuss if your referral has been accepted and what your particular insurance covers. At this point we can go ahead and schedule an evaluation at your earliest convenience. When the day of the appointment comes, a licensed clinician will come to your home and do a thorough evaluation to see if either physical, occupational (learn more about why in-home occupational therapy is beneficial), speech or a combination of all will be beneficial for your child.
Creating a Plan of Care with the Parents
After the evaluation, if it has been deemed appropriate for the child to work with a pediatric home therapist, then the therapist will create a plan of care. This plan will be created in consultation with the parents as well as the child’s doctor to make sure that everyone is in agreement about what goals to work towards. After this step is completed, therapy can begin right away.
Finding the Best Natural Setting
Whether at school or home, the therapists working with your child want to make sure that they are comfortable and feel safe so that they can learn and grow at their highest potential. The main benefit of having a home therapist is that they want to learn where a child will thrive and continuously work in that setting, such as a comfortable home environment, so that the anxiety of unknown spaces is irrelevant. After creating a plan of care, it will probably be discussed where the best location would be to comfortably work with the child consistently.
Working with the Family, Doctors and Insurance During the Whole Process to Ensure a Smooth Process for the Family
And finally, when you work with us, we don’t want the families having to worry about how to navigate through health insurance claims and connecting the doctors with the therapists so that they are both aware of the plan of care. We work through all of that and we do it transparently and consistently so that your child is receiving the best care possible while at the same time supporting families with a smooth and worry-free process.