Children diagnosed with ASD may continue to receive critical ABA therapy
remotely during COVID-19 pandemic.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, CENTRAL VALLEY, LOS ANGELES, ORANGE COUNTY & SAN DIEGO, CA… LEARN Behavioral, the leading network of providers serving children with autism and other special needs, announces the availability of telehealth Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families in California through their regional provider Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST).
To continue providing critical ABA services to client families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, AST has innovated their service delivery model and capabilities to provide telehealth ABA services, or “teleABA” as coined by LEARN.
TeleABA provides another option for families who prefer virtual therapy services over in-person therapy, or who have household family members who are at higher risk for severe illness. It is ABA therapy overseen by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) that parallels in-person treatment.
“The COVID-19 response requiring nationwide social distancing and other safety guidelines
has left many parents of children on the autism spectrum wondering how to maintain the gains their children have made in ABA therapy,” explained Hanna Rue, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Vice President of Clinical Development for LEARN. “AST and LEARN are helping parents throughout California by providing the option of teleABA therapy which helps ensure that their children are able to continue their forward momentum towards established treatment goals.”
Treatment for ASD is in accordance with state and federal emergency guidance regarding medically necessary telehealth services. It is imperative that children with ASD avoid any break in ABA therapy as this may cause distress, disruption and potential behavior regression. TeleABA is the delivery of evidence-based ABA therapy with master level clinicians via HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing, which is accessible by computer, tablet or smartphone.
AST’s teleABA services include direct treatment and parent consultation. Direct treatment is one-on-one treatment sessions with a child geared towards maintaining and generalizing communication, play skills and behavioral progress. Parent consultation provides an opportunity to discuss daily routines and challenging behaviors, identify targets, and implement a plan.
TeleABA enables families to continue to build upon and reinforce skills including, but not limited to:
– Potty training
– Bedtime/sleep routine
– Screen time
– Personal hygiene routine, including hand-washing
Through teleABA, AST helps children and families in a number of ways. For example: discussing strategies and progress on a desired goal; developing a routine that fits in to your family’s schedule; providing individual reinforcement strategies; setting and explaining clear expectations; and offering “in the moment” parent coaching along with references to help successfully reach your child’s goal.
Dr. Rue continued, “We have received a tremendous response from our families, who are experiencing new successes due to our virtual teleABA services. It is our hope that teleABA treatment will continue to be accepted by insurers beyond COVID-19, as this will enable us to serve a greater number of children and families on the autism spectrum who need services but have limited in-person access to ABA providers.”
LEARN has served over 2,500 families through teleABA, with nearly 1,000 trained providers across the nation who have delivered sessions. LEARN is dedicated to supporting their staff and has developed a comprehensive resource library which enables them to access tools, resources, training and support online.
To learn more about AST’s teleABA services, visit https://autismtherapies.com
Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) was founded in 2001 by Dr. Ronit M. Molko and Dr. William Frea on the principles of teaching in the natural environment with a focus on the family and centering on functional skills that foster independence. AST continues to integrate the latest ABA research and technology to offer the best options to clients, with services provided in the client’s home, community and/or school. Led by a talented team of clinicians, AST utilizes evidence-based practices with a family-focused approach to ensure the best possible results.
AST has locations throughout California and is headquartered in Burbank. For more information, visit autismtherapies.com/.
LEARN is a leading network of providers, including AST, that serves children with autism and other special learning needs. LEARN specializes in behavioral health treatment based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is committed to providing programs and services that are family-focused, community-minded, and delivered with the highest clinical integrity. The LEARN team delivers more than 2.5 million hours of service annually and is comprised of more than 5,000 passionate professionals dedicated to nurturing each child’s personal best. For more information, visit learnbehavioral.com.