Plan for session.
- Test the software.
- Block out the time so that you can easy, rather than rush into it.
Ready the room.
- Find a private, quiet room or location (not in the car with others, or in the living room, if possible).
- Place a fan or noise machine outside if there is concern about being overhead (and/or) ask other family members to give space).
- Get comfortable (adjust the thermostat; grab blankets or pillows; find fidgets, etc.).
Eat before session (if needed)
- Food and water help regulate.
Position the camera.
- Use a stand for a phone.
- Make the field of view wide enough to allow therapist to see all family participants.
- Have paper, coloring utensils, writing utensils, scissors, tapes, and glue available for collaborative projects.
- Place headphones nearby if these may be needed to increase sound quality and/or increase comfort.
Remember last session.
- Gather together any completed homework activities.
- Make notes of any issues you want to bring up with the therapist.
Engage in therapy.
- Try not to multi-task during therapy.
- Talk to the therapist as if they are in the room with you.
- Advocate for what you or your child need out of session.
-Sarah Earles, MS, LAC, Child and Family Therapist