ABA Therapy and the COVID-19 Outbreak
We are all in this together. At Pinnacle Autism Therapy, our role is to make sure your child has the best possible future. That goal is still the same — even if the measures we take to attain it may have changed temporarily.
We want to send two clear messages. First: We are taking every precaution to safeguard the health of our patients and staff. Second: We believe that applied behavioral analysis therapy is essential for the wellbeing of our patients.
ABA Therapy During and after a Pandemic
ABA therapy is just as essential in times of crisis as it is in normal, everyday life. For one thing, it can benefit your entire family. The reduction of problem behavior helps reduce stress in the home, helping everyone focus on what is most important: taking care of one another.
Additionally, children with autism spectrum disorders are often highly sensitive to changes in their routine and environment. It is very likely that your child has been affected more by the changes than anyone else in your family. In addition to furthering your child’s development goals, ABA Therapy provides consistency and predictability — precious commodities in today’s uncertain world.
Finally, and most importantly, it is critical that your child progresses towards goals in social and academic development — especially when providing reinforcement for desirable target behaviors is most challenging. Although schools have adopted distance learning, commerce has slowed and many things have temporarily changed, time has not stopped. Behavior patterns will only become more permanent at this crucial point in your child’s development.
Alternative Forms of ABA Therapy
Many of our clients are now pursuing home-based treatment. Of course, if you are not comfortable with a therapist coming to your home, our centers are open under special, precautionary measures. Please contact us for the most current details.
Home treatment is a highly documented, standard form of therapy. In fact, pursuing ABA in the home has been shown to be exceptionally effective for advancing certain goals, such as the improvement of verbal skills.
A select number of highly social techniques used in ABA are impracticable in the home, as well as in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the majority of treatment takes place through direct interactions between the therapist and the patient. There is still plenty of opportunity for development.
Like everything else in ABA, the decision to have sessions at home should be made on a case-by-case basis. Only a consideration of your child’s unique situation and goals can determine whether one-on-one therapy is appropriate.
Your Health Comes First. Contact Us Today.
By staying informed, being cautious, and communicating essential policies throughout our organization, we have operated safely throughout this contagion. Every element of our practice is now considered with regard to the risk posed by COVID-19. We have modified internal operations, instituted extensive hygiene measures, and altered treatment directives in order to eliminate all potential vectors of this disease.
Pinnacle Autism Therapy is a place of self-improvement, therapy, and medical science. We will always put the health of our patients and our staff first. We are and will continue to be here for you and your family, through this crisis and afterward. If you are seeking ABA Therapy for your child or would like to learn more about the benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-866-342-8847 to learn more.