COVID-19 Special Collection
Relationship-driven, family-centered care via TelePT: Reflections in the wake of COVID-19
This article from Frontiers in Psychology explores in-depth the experiences and reflections of seven practicing therapists, on the impact of telehealth and remotely delivered physical therapy/physiotherapy (telePT) on the operationalization of relationship-based, family-centered methods into therapy. In response to the throttling of children’s therapy programs precipitated by COVID-19 shutdowns, interest in the use of telehealth has increased among service providers at both the clinical and administrative levels. TelePT promises to be particularly appropriate in devising programs of on-going, therapeutic exercise interventions for children with neuromotor disorders. Results identified eight principal themes emerging from participants’ descriptions of their experience of delivering therapy over telePT. Four of these themes correspond to the tenets of relationship-driven, family-centered care identified across four frameworks applied to pediatric rehabilitation. The remaining four themes focus on the particularities of the telePT modality and its viability in clinical practice. The ability telePT afforded to “see into the child’s environment” emerged arguably as the greatest value of the modality in patient care. It revealed to therapists so much that they did not know about their patients’ progress and, more strikingly, had not realized they did not know. The article is available in full text.