Emily Garratt is from the UK, but has been living in the USA for the past two years, working as an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist within the Orlando area, Florida. Her career began working in early intervention with teenagers and then moved into the field of early childhood special educational needs and their families. Having over 20 years of experience in early intervention Emily also delivers training to other practitioners and professionals in inclusion. She is currently involved in a research paper looking into how COVID and how tele-therapy has influenced early intervention, looking at two different states and the UK.
In this interview we discuss how tele-therapy can supplement and complement traditional therapy, especially for those families who may find services hard to reach for whatever reason. Emily explains how tele-therapy has really come into its own during the pandemic, so families have still been able to access support even under difficult circumstances.
Emily has a very interesting perspective as someone who has worked within the UK system, where therapy is closely linked to education AND the US, where therapy is part of the medical system. She is currently conducting research with colleagues in the US and the UK to see how the different types of tele-therapy could be used in the future.
Find Emily’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Little-Rascals-Early-Years-Inclusion-Training-Consultancy-103739604870304/