A lot has changed since the COVID-19 global pandemic began. From learning the rules of social distancing to consistently remembering to wash your hand and not touch your face, the whole world is learning to adapt to the new "normal".
The autism community is particularly affected by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic because their children thrive on routines. With zero transition time, their children's regular routines were gone.
Shining Through understands that families and parents are not ABA therapists. We know that it can be incredibly difficult for families to maintain some level of routine and consistency without support from ABA professionals.
Although our physical centres are shut down, we remain committed to providing continuity of care for our families. The staff have been working hard to create a new model of service in the form of telehealth so that our learners can continue with their program. Many of our families are now receiving service through secure web-based applications. This ensures that our learners continue to get the skills they need to reach their maximum potential.
Without access to ABA therapy, children on the autism spectrum can begin to experience regression in the progress that they've worked so hard to make.
The move to a video telehealth model has been successful for Shining Through. We needed a way to keep our learners engaged and excited to keep building on their skills and the results have been better than we expected. Our learners are very excited to see their therapists and have responded well to online therapy sessions.
This model has also helped us stay connected to the families. We are able to discuss their children’s behaviour plan and skill development as well as provide support to many of whom are at home every day with their children. Telehealth cannot replace one to one ABA therapy but it has proven to be a great alternative in the current climate of social distancing.