I am offering free telephysio or online video consultations which are secure to all parents of children residing in Ireland up until May 16th 2020. I understand that there can be long waiting times for therapies for certain children hence the offer of free video consultations. I have started a clinical practice in Co. Monaghan but with the current restrictions in place I have decided to continue on with video consultations to meet demand. I have found the video consultations to be very effective from the point of view that the child is observed in their own home where they are most comfortable and perform like they would normally which improves the quality and accuracy of assessment and follow on treatment. The video assessments are observational and play based for the younger children and more functional task based for the older children. Videos are never recorded and are easy to set up as long as the parent has a laptop or ipad or smart phone with an integrated camera. The approach I take is the goal directed task oriented approach which is in line with best practice in paediatric physiotherapy and is suitable for video consultations.
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After May 2020, fees for telephysio/online video consultations are as follows:
Initial assessment (1 hour): 50 euro
Follow up treatment (30 mins): 30 euro
During the Covid 19 pandemic up until May 16th 2020, I will offer a free online video consultation to determine your child's physiotherapy requirements. All you need is a smart phone or ipad or laptop with a webcam for the video consultation. I will email you a link to access the video consultation. For the consultation I will ask you to turn your camera to video your child so I can observe her/him playing as she/he normally would in her/his home environment. For older children, I will ask them to perform certain functional tasks depending on their ability levels. I will also be assessing movement patterns, abilities, functional range of movement and strength which can be assessed via video. Video consultations will never be recorded. Only tasks will be carried out as part of the video assessment procedure with parental consent. Based on the assessment findings and in consultation and agreement with the child and parents, a physiotherapy programme will be devised and the child (as age allows) and parents will be coached how to implement this at home, in school, everyday life as appropriate. Goals will also be set and agreed. Follow up if desired and as appropriate will be agreed and scheduled. A few distinct advantages to video consultations is convenience for parents and children, children are generally more comfortable in their own homes and therefore perform more naturally which enhances the accuracy of assessment. Video consultations are less costly such as less or no time off work/school, cheaper than clinic based appointments and no travel costs. They have also been shown to be as effective as clinic based appointments in research to date. Please refer to telephysio services below for fees after May 2020.
Follow up Sessions
During the Covid 19 pandemic, follow up appointments can take place by video consultation. Individualised goals focused play and routines based therapy programmes will be monitored, reviewed and progressed as appropriate. Please refer to telephysio services below for follow up fees.
Depending on Covid 19 restrictions, I am available for home, school and creche visits as appropriate. Fees will apply depending on travel and location. Please contact me for further details.
Reports & Letters
The initial assessment appointment includes a highly specialised paediatric neurological, musculoskeletal, sensory (including a vestibular function screen) and standardised motor skills assessment as follows:
Paediatric Neurodevelopmental Assessment includes a thorough examination of your child's muscle tone, muscle strength, flexibility, biomechanics, posture, movement patterns & assessment of balance and vestibular system, co-ordination & motor skills following a short interview with parents to get some background information. The initial assessment also includes parent education and a home programme/advice as needed. The neurodevelopmental assessment includes a highly specialised assessment as it includes assessment of the vestibular system and includes standardised assessments of neurological and motor development.
Cost for initial assessment (neurodevelopmental under 5's): £100
60 minutes duration
Includes parent interview and observational and physical assessments of motor skills, neurological/brain, musculoskeletal development
Includes a written visual (picture based) or video based home programme - based on parent preference
Cost for initial assessment (neurodevelopmental over 5's): £100
60 minutes duration
Includes parent interview and observational and physical examination of muscle tone, flexibility, muscle strength, posture, biomechanics, movement patterns and standardised assessment of balance, coordination, strength, agility
Includes a written visual (picture based) or video based home programme - based on parent/child preference
Cost for initial assessment summary report which is optional for parents: £50
Please get in contact by using the contact form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book an assessment for your child.
Follow up Sessions
If your child needs and receives a physiotherapy home programme it is best practice to follow up with a review appointment to check progress. Follow up sessions can be agreed and scheduled at the initial consultation. Follow up appointments can take place in clinic or via remote video consultation depending on client preference. A discount of 25% is offered to those who opt for regular (weekly/fortnightly) follow up.
Cost per follow up session/review (neurodevelopmental under 5's): £80
60 mins duration
Includes repeat observational and physical assessments of motor skills, neurological/brain/vestibular, musculoskeletal development and hands on physiotherapy treatment plus parent education
Includes an updated written visual (picture based) or video based home programme - based on parent preference
Cost per follow up session/review (neurodevelopmental over 5's): £80
60 minutes duration
Includes repeat observational and physical examination of neurological and sensory (including vestibular) systems, flexibility, strength, posture, biomechanics, movement patterns and repeat assessment of motor skills, balance, coordination, strength, agility as required plus physiotherapy treatment including child (as appropriate) and parent education and home programme review
Includes an updated written visual (picture based) or video based home programme - based on parent/child preference
Depending on your child and family circumstances, I am available for home visits, depending on location and if appropriate. Fees will apply depending on travel and location. Please contact me for further details.
A few distinct advantages to video consultations are:
Convenience for parents and children
Improved flexibility - appointments can be arranged that suits the child's and family's routine/schedule.
Less cost - less time off work/school, cheaper than clinic based appointments, no travel costs and environmentally friendly.
The video assessments are observational and play based depending on the child's age and are particularly suited to infant assessment and treatment. The online video platform that I use is GDPR compliant and therefore secure. Videos are never recorded and are easy to set up as long as the parent or carer has a laptop or smart phone with a webcam.
Reports & Letters
Fees for written reports including special educational and expert witness reports and letters are charged in respect to the time taken to prepare them. Please contact me for further details.
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