Benefits of telehealth for autism treatment include expanding access for those living in rural settings, lowering costs, and providing more flexibility for families with children that have autism spectrum disorder (or ASD). Ascend Autism understands the utility and value of telehealth, which is why we offer it to give families and caregivers more support to make living with ASD easier for all involved.
What Is Telehealth?
With the rise of stay-at-home orders in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, one positive aspect to arise has been the wider use of information technology to connect individuals. Sometimes called telemedicine, telehealth uses video-conferencing and streaming communication technologies through computer web cameras, tablets, or smartphones so individuals can access health care services remotely.
Telehealth is not a distinct treatment but rather a service or means to deliver treatment and support just as in-person care does. By using HIPAA-compliant video conferencing systems, telehealth guarantees privacy as we at Ascend Autism provide remote services to the child with ASD, their parents, and caregivers.
One of the primary treatment modalities utilized at Ascend Autism is Applied Behavioral Analysis or ABA. ABA focuses on teaching skills and modifying behaviors under the direction of a Master’s level behaviorist. The practice asserts that desired behaviors can be taught through a system of incentives and disincentives. By using positive reinforcement, ABA applies behavioral principles to behavioral goals and then carefully measures results to adjust treatment as necessary.
Benefits of Telehealth for Autism Treatment
There are several broad benefits of telehealth for autism treatment. For example, some of the benefits include:
- Supervision and Communication: Through telehealth, supervisory visits can be conducted to ensure the treatment plan is being followed with the prescribed therapy. It’s also an excellent way to speak with parents or other caregivers to discuss issues, questions, concerns, and progress. Doing so allows for treatment goals to be appropriately adjusted in real-time.
- Expanded Service Area: Without telehealth, autism service providers often find they cannot accept referred patients who live outside of their region. Similarly, families who need to drive hours or an excessive amount of miles to find treatment can finally get the service they need in a more convenient format.
- Improved Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction: Any time medical professionals and treatment experts can increase the availability and frequency of services and treatment, positive results will follow. This is one of the key benefits of telehealth for autism treatment, it broadens and deepens supervision and communication with patients and caregivers. It’s also a superb means of conducting training for parents and caregivers to increase and improve the support they receive.
There are numerous benefits of telehealth for autism treatment. First among them is the access and flexibility it provides families. While telehealth shouldn’t replace in-person services, it is an excellent supplement. Here at Ascend Autism, we believe in harnessing as many resources as possible to give individuals with ASD, their family, and caregivers the tools they need to be as effective as possible in treating, coping with, and accommodating ASD.
Through our telehealth services, treatment, support, and training are more accessible than ever before. Telehealth augments and widens the scope of the array of services for treating autism spectrum disorder we already offer such as:
Ascend Autism works with families across New England. Telehealth allows us to extend our reach to provide interactive, behavior therapy sessions focused on communication, social skills, and daily living skills. If you are interested in learning more about Ascend Autism’s interactive Telehealth ABA services, give us a call at 877.323.8668. We can get you the support you need today.