Mental health is extremely important and luckily, this topic is being spoken about more freely in recent years. Taking care of your mind is equally as important as caring for your body (or even more so, at times)! Over the past two years of pandemic life, children have had to face exceptional challenges. 

From being sent home from school, learning how to internalize materials remotely, and spending long periods of time away from friends and in isolation, growing up in these times is anything but easy. As a parent, it is natural for you to want to help support your child through this process. In this article, we will explore the benefits of mental telehealth services and the ways in which children respond to this form of treatment.

Telehealth Can Be Done in a Child’s Safe Space

The good thing about telehealth is that this form of treatment is done entirely remote. Children have become used to remote learning and video calls with friends, so this form of therapy won’t seem unnatural to them. As a bonus, your child will be able to participate in telehealth in a safe space, such as their bedroom or living room. This can allow your child to open up to their therapist more quickly, versus being in a sterile office that can cause excess anxiety.

Comfort Can Come from Knowing You Are Nearby

Some parents choose to have their children participate in telehealth indecently, while others prefer to be in the room next to their child. The choice is yours! Remote therapy offers the unique opportunity for your child to find comfort in knowing you are nearby, while still enjoying the privacy of talking about their feelings with a professional.(1)

Some Children Might Prefer In-Person Services

If you try telehealth and are unsuccessful for whatever reason, whether it be distraction, poor internet connection, or general discomfort, it might not be the best option for your child. This is completely okay! Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach and is unique to every single patient, young and old. Some children may simply prefer in-person services, especially if they wish to talk about troubles at home. Being in a more professional environment with a doctor can help children feel heard and seen, rather than being over a screen. It’s all about knowing your child and having open conversations with them to find out what will work best!(2)

In Conclusion

We hope this article helped you better understand how children respond to mental telehealth services. Of course, reactions and preferences will differ from child to child, it’s all about discovering the best suitable method for your little one, even if it’s untraditional! For more information and support on this topic, contact Neurobehavioral Associates today and get connected to a professional.


1.Children and Telehealth in Mental Healthcare: What We Have Learned From COVID‐19 and 40,000+ Sessions – Psychiatry Online

2. Telehealth For Kids – ChildMind