TELEHEALTH is TELEHELP!
Commonly asked questions about ABA services delivered via telehealth during the current COVID-19 Crisis:
What is telehealth?
Telehealth is the distribution of health-related services and information via telecommunication technologies.
What are the benefits?
Telehealth allows for long distance contact, care, support, education, intervention and monitoring between providers and patients. Sessions are set up at times that fit into you availability and you child’s needs. Telehealth offers live support when you need it.
How does it work for ABA treatment?
Telehealth sessions can be used for parent training (with and without child present), as well as direct treatment with clients. BCBAs/case managers are available via technology to support, train, and provide treatment. Trained 1:1 therapists are also able to work directly with children and parents during telehealth sessions. Depending on the technology utilized, session may be able to also be recorded for later viewing and training opportunities.
Is it proven effective?
Yes! Telehealth is a research-based and effective method to receive ABA interventions. This method of service delivery is endorsed by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.
I’m already overloaded- do I need to sit with my child for 3-hour sessions on the screen?
No- telehealth is a flexible medium in which you can access ABA support. We typically target brief sessions (e.g., 15 minutes) that can include observation, training/troubleshooting, as well as some time working directly with you and your child. Depending on progress, time and sessions can be added.
My child was getting most ABA services at the center with peers- how can telehealth work now that we are all home all day?
Telehealth goals are designed to fit into your home and your child’s needs. By collaborating together, we will adjust your child’s treatment plan to include social programs and engagement so your child continues to make progress. We are also planning to add “virtual play dates” and mini groups with the help of technology so you child remains connected to peers!
My child doesn’t watch screens- can telehealth work?
Yes. ABA services thru telehealth can be administered in a variety of way to help you and your child. Telehealth provides direct parental support and training to help you engage your child in their treatment plan. Children do not need to be attending to the screen to benefit from telehealth.
If my child does like to work from the screen, do I need to be there?
Yes-telehealth requires parental or caregiver supervision even if your child takes instruction directly from the therapist on screen.
Does my insurance cover telehealth for all ABA services?
Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, some insurance policies covered ABA telehealth services. Since this health crisis, the majority of carriers are allowing ABA services delivered via telehealth even if this was not a service prior to the pandemic.
What do I need to get started- I’m not very tech-savvy?
During the current pandemic, all forms of tele communication options are available for medical ABA services.
What about my co pay for telehealth?
Your same co pays apply for ABA services under telehealth.
How can I get started with telehealth with Partners in Learning?
If you currently receive ABA services with Partners in Learning, just call your case manager to discuss telehealth. If you are new to PIL, you can contact us below.