By Matthew Hess, CEO
As COVID-19 continues to rock the foundation of the US, many companies have been forced to adapt. First Children Services, a NJ and PA based
provider of special education and behavioral health services, has been confronted with numerous challenges in how it continues to serve children in need of vital supports. While the virus puts a temporary stop to many aspects of society and our economy, children with autism and other challenges still require critical therapeutic services every day.
Like many other healthcare providers, First Children has adopted telehealth to continue providing services to children whose families may not be comfortable having clinicians and therapists enter their house. Using a secure HIPAA compliant platform, our clinicians can provide applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy directly to clients and families in the safety of their own homes. This linkage allows First Children’s clinicians to directly provide therapy, monitor progress, supervise behavior technicians, and provide vital parent training services to families. Continuity of care is vital for any child with autism or any behavioral health challenge. Telehealth allows services to continue, therapeutic gains to be made, and ultimately positive outcomes achieved through this disruptive time.
While in person interventions still yield the best results, telehealth can be an effective option for families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on how First Children Services can provide telehealth services please reach out to Cindy Conley, Director of Behavioral Health Treatment Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.