Hogg Therapy, which provides speech, physical and occupational therapy to children of Madison County, is working on ways to continue helping their clients.
“We wanted to provide options to our families instead of putting them on hold,” Jennifer Fowler, co-owner of Hogg Therapy, said.
Fowler and Michelle Raney, co-owner of Hoggtherapy, began their venture into owning a pediatric therapy center because they wanted to help others.
Raney said, for her specifically, she liked aspects of teaching as well as nursing and pediatric therapy seemed like a good mix of the two. She said the therapy they provide allows her to get into the medical aspect as well as the teaching aspect of their field.
“We both have a big heart for kids with special needs and their families. And we want to help them access their world in the best way possible,” Fowler said.
Fowler explained both she and Raney, who are both from Madison County, heard local families were having to drive long distances to get pediatric therapy. That's why the pair decided to open Hogg Therapy, which started off in Berea and has since expanded to Richmond, so they could bring pediatric services to their hometown.
With Governor Andy Beshear’s recent mandate that all outpatient therapy clinics should close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hogg Therapy had to close its doors to its patients. However, Fowler and Raney knew they wanted to keep in touch and continue working with their clients.
“The kids are working on their goals and developing skills along with them and it is important to continue that progression,” Fowler said.
So the duo decided to create a telehealth/video conferencing service so they, and their staff, could continue their work.
Fowler explained, by creating a video conference with their clients, they are able to continue the same duration and frequency of therapy sessions whether it be focused on speech, occupational or physical. She said doing the sessions with the help of the parents has also been a good way to help get the parents more involved. Fowler explained, often times, the therapist is modeling exercises and the child’s caregiver is helping the child recreate the exercises.
According to a release, in order to help ease the transition, Hogg Therapy created individual therapy activity boxes for their families and delivered them to them for free. This meant each child had materials at home they could work with during online therapy.
Fowler said they are getting positive feedback on the program and they are excited to be able to continue their work with their clients in this way.