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Tele-Consultation is a support service for parents and professionals which
offers help with understanding behavior problems and developing adequate
behavioral intervention methods. Children and adolescents with Autism
Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD), learning
and intellectual disabilities have benefited from this service. Parents,
home-teams, therapists or teachers are either supervised directly through
Skype or receive feedback on video samples. Behavior problems, skill profiles
as well as long- and short-term goals are discussed. Individualized intervention
methods and learning programs are recommended.
This program assures that recommended treatments are used, that learning
opportunities are not lost and that daily frustration does not increase.
Consultation tends to center on the following topics:
- Functional behavior analysis and treatment of behavior problems
- Matching specific behavioral interventions to the individual
- Development of an individual educational plan (IEP)
- Individual skill development and social skill training groups for
preschools, schools and treatment centers
Why is Tele-Consultation helpful?
Many children with ASD do not receive the help they urgently need. Waiting
lists for treatment are often long; centers are not always nearby and
often the latest research findings are not included in available therapeutic
or educational services.
Tele-Consultation has been shown to be an effective way to close service
gaps and to offer children and adolescents with ASD competent help independent
of their location. Often consultation complements the ongoing services
by local specialists.
Who can benefit from Tele-Consultation?
Parents and professionals have been extremely satisfied with Tele-Consultation:
Children and adolescents tend to learn faster and are more motivated.
Therapists say that after a few sessions, they have a better understanding
of how best to apply their treatments. Some especially value that web-based
therapy and consultation make use of the most current research and correspond
to best practice treatment guidelines. Parents say that they receive
the help they need to better understand their child´s behavior
problems and to normalize behavior. They feel comfortable getting expert
advice in their home, be it to develop meaningful skills or to receive
appropriate teaching materials. For many people, receiving help through
the computer is a better solution than traveling long distances and
waiting for a long time for busy specialists.
A word of caution though: It is understood that parents should be careful
with new technologies. Web-based consultants should have extensive experience
with individuals with ASD and should be qualified to work with this
population as Clinical Psychologists, BCBAs, and/or TEACCH/PECS trainers.
In addition, all involved should be open to working together via web-based
consultation and related technical options.
Should you have any further questions, feel free to send us an EMail.