In some cases, AAI will provide your family with a remote BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst. All RBTs (Registered Behavior Technician), the professional working one-on-one with your child, are in-person.
Telehealth, or the use of technology to deliver healthcare services remotely, is a valuable option for providing BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) supervision in rural communities for several reasons:
Improved access to care: In rural communities, it can be difficult for individuals to access specialized healthcare services due to a lack of providers or long distances to travel. Telehealth can help to bridge this gap by allowing individuals to receive care from a distance, without the need to travel long distances.
Increased convenience: Telehealth can be more convenient for individuals in rural communities, as it allows them to receive care from the comfort of their own home or other location of their choice. This can be especially important for individuals with mobility challenges or for those who have difficulty accessing transportation.
Cost savings: Telehealth can be more cost-effective for both individuals and providers, as it can reduce the need for expensive travel or time off work.
However, it is important to note that the one-on-one support of an RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) is provided in person. RBTs work closely with individuals with autism to teach new skills and improve social and communication abilities through structured and systematic methods, and this work is typically done in person to allow for direct observation and interaction. Telehealth can be used to provide supervision and guidance to RBTs, as well as for consultation with BCBAs for individuals who are unable to access in-person services.
Overall, telehealth can be a valuable option for providing BCBA supervision in rural communities, while the one-on-one support of an RBT is provided in person. Together, these resources can help autistic individuals and their families receive the support and services they need, no matter where they live.
The Value of Telehealth
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