As we near the end of Autism Awareness Month, we thought it was important to present the benefits of teletherapy for the Autism Community.
1. Evidence-Based Practice
In general, research has consistently reported successful implementation of telepractice to deliver intended services to individuals with ASD. Regarding early intervention, parent coaching is the primary model of treatment for young children with ASD. Studies suggest gains obtained in tradition therapy can be maintained and even exceeded in a treatment model that used telepractice. Parents have reported that they perceive telepractice sessions to be as valuable as those delivered directly by the clinician.
Telepractice can provide flexible therapy. If you need your child to be seen at an earlier or later time, it can be arranged. In addition, therapy can take home in the child’s natural environment which has been shown to increase benefits from therapy.
3. Parental involvement
Telepractice provides an opportunity for parent training and is highly individualized. This means the therapist can provide direct parent training, or they can provide indirect training by having the parent be a facilitator during therapy. This allows parents to assist in developing goals and helping their child achieve them.
4. No commute
For many children with autism, transitions are often difficult. Attending services in your home can eliminate unnecessary trips to appointments outside of the home. This reduces stress for the child (and parent!) which increases the child’s ability to retain information learned in a session.
5. Technology is motivating
Individuals with autism often respond well to computer-based intervention. Often times computer-based intervention is less intimidating for an individual with autism which can increase interaction and participation in therapy. Technology can be very motivating!
6. Higher frequency of services
Additional speech therapy, occupational therapy, tutoring: often school services don’t seem like enough. The flexibility of teletherapy will help individuals with autism receive an appropriate amount of education.
7. Better access
Children with ASD might not always have access to speech therapists, occupational therapists, reading interventionists, or tutors. The lack of services around the world was what inspired the launch of our company. We provide services to those who wouldn’t regularly have access to such services.
If you think teletherapy may be right for you and your child, head to our website for a free consultation to find out more!