How telehealth can boost children’s mental health
Article written by Francis Dunn, Miami, FL
As children come to grips with the new normal, parents may see changes in their child that may cause concern. Changes in a child’s eating, sleeping, and mood patterns can worry parents. Most often these changes are due to adjustments in activities, school, friends, and family as a result of the pandemic. As a parent, if you feel your child needs mental support, telehealth can help your child connect with a mental health professional without the inconveniences and risks of in-person appointments.
Speak to a pediatrician – If you are worried about a child’s mental health make a telehealth appointment with a pediatrician. Your child should be present for this appointment as the pediatrician may need to question the child on how they are feeling.
What to expect – The pediatrician will ask the parent and the child a few questions and, in some cases, send a form to be filled before or after the session. If the pediatrician thinks that a mental health specialist should see the child, they will offer a recommendation. In some cases, the initial appointment may be sufficient to help a child talk through their concerns.
Prepare for the appointment – Prepare for the child’s appointment by making sure your device, camera, and mic are working properly. The meeting should be held in a quiet room with plenty of privacy. If there are other children in the home they should be watched, so that the meeting is not interrupted. For young children, a coloring book or a favorite toy can be useful to keep them busy while the parent speaks to the doctor.
Francis Dunn is based in Miami, Florida. Francis William Dunn has the heart of an entrepreneur and has worked with successful companies such as DMDconnects. His expertise in fund raising has helped with multiple new start-ups in the healthcare and medical device sector. Francis Dunn is experienced in people development, online healthcare, executive management, and acquisitions. He is an advocate for healthy living and a caring father.