Teletherapy provides continuous and convenient access between ABA therapists and patients. Find out its other advantages and how it can work in a home setting.
In 2022, 1 out of every 54 children in the U.S. has received a diagnosis of Autism. ABA therapy, also called Applied Behavioral Analysis, can help those with Autism or other conditions within the Autism Spectrum Disorder. It focuses on increasing good behaviors while decreasing harmful behavioral patterns.
With the start of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, therapy offices were forced to shut down. The need arose out of an abundance of caution to prevent the virus from spreading.
This meant that many individuals who were receiving their ABA therapy were missing out on a still vital service. Until teletherapy became an available option.
Teletherapy is a form of remote therapy that can provide online therapy services. Virtual ABA sessions offered a way to administer ABA therapy in a safer way. Now the benefits of teletherapy and virtual ABA extend beyond just the pandemic.
Interested in finding out more about teletherapy and how it helps ABA therapy? In this guide, we'll explore how remote therapy can benefit the ABA therapy process. Keep reading to discover further information below.
For those who struggle on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, going to a strange office for their ABA therapy treatment can be unsettling. Unfamiliar places can cause a child to shut down and not want to engage. There may be a lot of uncontrolled variables in an office setting that could also cause the child to act out more.
Allowing a child to partake in teletherapy means they can have their ABA therapy session in the comfort of their own home environment. This may be more beneficial in the long run because the child will feel safer in a more well-known environment. They may be much more willing to engage and participate in these Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy sessions.
So, in addition to the overall health benefits of cutting down the risk of a COVID exposure, your child is more willing to participate at home.
Removing the child from their natural home environment can also impact how they would act in the office versus when they are at home. It can be difficult to recreate or explain the home environment to adequately explain the child's behavior in the home while in an office. There can be a lot of guesswork.
Virtual ABA teletherapy gives the therapist a firsthand look at the home environment and the child's behavior. They can see in real-time what may trigger bad behavior in the child and what can improve their behavior. Because of this, they can more easily target="_blank"pinpoint areas of focus to obtain the best results.
Even if the home environment can be a bit hectic at times, this still gives the therapist the best possible picture as to what they're working with.
Depending on your child's needs, the amount of therapy they need can vary. Some may need upwards of 40 hours per week while others need just 10 to 20 hours of ABA therapy in a week. Still, that can be a big strain trying to get your child to and from each ABA therapy session and back in person.
40 hours a week of ABA therapy is like a full-time job for you and your child. It is not only a big investment of time but also money as well. The lifetime cost of managing a child with ASD can run anywhere from $1.4 million to $2.4 million in the United States.
Thanks to teletherapy, you can take part in online therapy services. It's a much more convenient option for everyone involved. There's less chance of a no-show appointment because of travel issues and other expenses.
If an issue does come up with your teletherapy session, you have much more flexibility to reschedule it. This can give you and your child more peace of mind when navigating the ABA therapy landscape.
Parents and other caregivers must also be an integral part of the ABA therapy process. The ABA therapists offer them the necessary education and answers they need to help manage their child's behaviors in school and home settings.
Having access to the virtual ABA teletherapy platform means that the lines of communication are more open between the caregiver and the child's therapist. If there is an emergency, parents are able to receive a response more promptly. They can also engage with the parent training and education on their own time schedule in the places they are the most comfortable.
Parents and caregivers feel more open to expressing their needs and frustrations with the ABA therapist. Those who needed to spend more time at home with their child during the pandemic had to increase their training and communication with the therapist to better handle these stresses on their own.
The ability to engage in teletherapy sessions allowed for an improved input and output format between the caregiver and therapist. Teletherapy instilled a greater confidence in parents to be more in control of situations at home when backed by the support of education from therapists.
For families of children with Autism, finding and receiving the proper care wasn't always easy. Many ABA therapy clinics didn't serve more rural areas because of limited-service areas.
And the ones who did serve the smaller areas were overbooked trying to serve this need. But teletherapy helped to change that.
Remote therapy through teletherapy allowed clinics to expand their reach to underserved areas. Offering telehealth ABA therapy means that more children now have access to the online therapy services they and their families need.
It helps to close the gap that is faced especially by rural communities and makes ABA therapy more accessible.
Managing Autism can be tough, but you don't have to go it alone. There is help available. Telehealth services offer an improved ABA therapy experience.
With teletherapy, you can have the flexibility and convenience you want while still getting the quality ABA therapy you need. New York Therapy Placement Services can help you.
New York Therapy Placement Services serves the 5 boroughs of New York City, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We can connect you with the therapy options that best suit you or your child's needs.
Contact Us today to find the telehealth ABA therapy services you need.