The spread of COVID-19 has turned many lives and institutions, including ours, upside-down. As per Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcolm’s Stay at Home order, Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies (MMAT) is designated as an essential business. We have chosen to remain open to provide therapy services and to ensure that families continue to have options. However, we have made some noteworthy changes in order to adjust to these unusual circumstances.
We’re here for your questions:
What is the availability of ABA child therapy services during COVID-19?
MMAT is committed to continuing services for all our clients who still want or need services during this time. All ABA autism therapy services are currently available, but have moved to in-home based service. While the therapy environment has changed, the same standard of care remains to ensure that your child’s therapy continues uninterrupted during this time.
How do you safely provide ABA therapy services during COVID-19?
We believe that by taking precautionary measures, we can safely continue to provide therapy during the Coronavirus pandemic. From the week of 3/16/20, our BCBA has been using telehealth services to help facilitate social distancing.
Our employees are currently all healthy and are taking great care to distance and protect themselves and their families from the virus. We have shifted to providing in-home, one-on-one services to limit the number of direct and indirect contacts everyone is exposed to. We ask that clients continue to practice stringent hand washing, distancing, and monitoring for symptoms.
Home-based services will be put on hold if the client or RBT displays any symptoms or fever. Any staff member who becomes symptomatic or has had contact with a symptomatic individual will self-quarantine, and we ask the same of our clients.
Has MMAT changed the way ABA therapy services during COVID-19 are billed?
Yes, for the moment, as we implement home-based therapy sessions and begin to offer telehealth options, we are waiving therapy fees to ensure that all of our clients are taken care of during this time. The shift in services is complicated, from a billing standpoint, and we would prefer to keep things simple so that you have one less thing to worry about.
We’re here for your questions:
Should my child continue to receive ABA therapy services during COVID-19?
Yes! One of the specific traits shared by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is a strong need for routine and structure. A disruption in treatment can be devastating to a child who is making good progress, especially during a time when many other routines may also be changing. It is important to provide your child with consistent therapy, which is why we recommend continuing with home-based therapy during any times when social distancing is being enforced.
What can I do to help make ABA therapy services during COVID-19 easier?
Aside from practicing stringent hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing, there are a number of measures you can take to help make ABA child therapy during COVID-19 easier. Sensory issues can make mask wearing difficult for children with ASD. Talk to your child about why we wear masks using these helpful images and storytelling to make mask wearing more normal to your child. During a challenging time, it is critical that families help their child with support strategies, daily schedules, coping and calming skills, and more.
Families play an active role in ABA therapy for autism
In addition to meeting with the BCBA and RBT on a regular basis to discuss progress and review milestones that have been met, families are active participants in ABA therapy. Caregivers, family members, and parents are encouraged to receive training so that they are also able to support a child’s skill practice and learning at home. By maintaining consistent positive reinforcement and other therapeutic protocols in various environments, we make sure that meaningful behavioral changes are long-lasting.
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