The iLs Summer Edition
Check out the ideas and quotes below to make this summer successful for your clients!
Which clients can benefit from extra sessions in the summer?
In many ways, clients have less on their plate and can fit in more therapy sessions in the summer, and they are looking for activities and ways to stay productive, active and busy during the summer.
Know their insurance coverage
A lot of insurance carriers only cover 30 therapy session visits. So by April, many clients will be paying for visits out of pocket.
- Work with your clients to find a therapy plan that will meet their therapeutic and budget goals.
- If you have an in-clinic insurance expert, schedule a time for your client to meet with them.
- Solo practitioners need to know their clients’ insurance plans or be able to refer their clients to an insurance expert who can help formulate a plan.
- Some states, like Florida offer scholarships (like the Gardiner scholarship) to help cover the costs for families. In fact, if you know of similar scholarships to help your clients fund their therapy, please let us know.
Many of my clients will be running out of insurance visits by the time summer hits. So we work with them to figure out options to meet their goals. – Cindy Dawkins, OTR
Talk with your clients about summer.
Get their summer plans and schedules. See if you can work a Focus program completion in to use their vacation as a reward or opportunity to use the new skills they will learn through therapy.
This requires more than a 5-minute chat in the waiting room. You’ll want to schedule a meeting with your clients to discuss what is realistic for them and for you to achieve. – Dillen Hartley, OT, Owner of Advanced Therapy Solutions
Focus on one or two goals you can achieve within the summer, or at least identify a skill set to maintain to avoid losing ground this summer.
During the school year, most goals are academic. For summer, you can work more with clients on social goals.
- How to get along with siblings.
- Ways to share with others.
Be transparent about expectations and give a date for when sessions will end.
- How many times a week will your client need to come into the clinic, and is there any therapy you can recommend at home?
- If your client is going on vacation for two weeks, how can they maintain therapeutic gains while away, and what can they expect when they return?
Programs You Should Consider
Are there clients who can go from 2-3 Focus Program sessions a week to 3-5 sessions per week? Perhaps your practice is big enough to offer five straight days of intensive therapy for clients.
Some clients want to address specific items before they go on family vacation. Discuss schedules and ways to can target improvements to prepare your clients for vacation.
Keep it fun and productive
Many iLs Associates offer one-week sessions focusing on a specific activity. The idea is to keep it fun, and these activities work great after 20 minutes of Focus Playbook activities:
- Exercise programs for addressing balance and coordination issues
- Handwriting programs specific to the needs of each clients’ abilities
- Lego programs to encourage social communication and problem solving skills
I buy a really fancy Lego® piece and do a social skills group, and my clients come in and do an engaging Lego activity. – Dillen Hartley, OT, Owner of Advanced Therapy Solutions
Improve results with therapy at home
Clients have plans in the summer and are going to take off for vacation. When they are gone for weeks at a time, iLs therapy has to step back a few sessions. The iLs Home Program is a way for your clients to continue therapy when they aren’t able to get into the clinic.
Ideas for using the Home Program after doing 20 minutes of iLs Playbook activities:
- While on play dates, work on social behaviors
- Riding bikes or playing in the yard
Clients may also use summer as an opportunity to have multiple family members use the iLs Home Program.
I’m encouraging the families to do the iLs Home Program sessions at the same time they’re doing the clinic-based sessions so they can get through the entire iLs program without interruption. – Cindy Dawkins, OTR
Important Ways iLs Tools Can Help
NEW: iLs Associate Summer Rental
- Access multiple iLs Focus units without having to purchase them all at once. Get the details.
iLs Home Program Rental
- Keep your clients on track with the ability for them to use iLs at home this summer. More About the Home Program Training.
Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP)
- The SSP is a great tool to achieve meaningful results in five sessions. Complete the SSP training.
- Sleep schedules can go awry in the summer. The Dreampad can help.
What were you able to accomplish this summer?
- Use the Measure of Foundational Abilities (MFA) to illustrate summer progress with your clients.
- Have a face-to-face meeting with your client and their family to give them an opportunity to show off their new skills.
- Let family members know what changes they may see, and which behaviors they should encourage at home.
In many ways, going from school to summer can be easier transition than going from summer back to school. Schedule time mid-summer to discuss plans for back-to-school, when schedules become more rigorous.
Meet with your staff and clients to figure out which programs worked for you this summer and which ones to build and improve upon next year.
Let us know what you think!
We love hearing from you, so please tell us what your plans are this summer and how you plan on using iLs with your clients.