May 18, 2022

4 mins read

Benefits of Teletherapy for Providers Who Serve Clients with Autism

For providers who regularly serve clients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), offering teletherapy can improve the quality of care and experience for clients as well as the operations of the practice. While some clients with Autism can attend their sessions with relative ease, others might struggle with their routines, have difficulties in their personal lives, or are uncomfortable with in-person interactions and office environments thus preventing them from getting the help they need. Providing teletherapy to clients with Autism can greatly reduce these difficulties, and it can help providers better serve their clients.

Increased Flexibility Helps Both Your Practice and Your Patient

Autism spectrum disorder includes a wide range of differences in the brain and can cause difficulties in communication, behavior, emotional regulation, learning, and more. When you’re providing therapy to clients with ASD, your services need to be flexible and customizable based on each individual’s age, home life, and unique needs. One of the best ways to accommodate these needs – and, in doing so, improve your practice – is to offer teletherapy.

Above all, teletherapy reduces the amount of time that clients need to dedicate to their appointments. They won’t need to plan how much time they need to get ready and travel to the practice to attend their appointments on time. Clients also won’t need to make plans to ensure any home responsibilities are taken care of while they’re gone, such as child or pet care. These difficulties apply to all therapy clients, but for ASD clients, they can present much more difficulty. By removing these barriers to care, clients will be able to better manage their schedules and fit appointments in times they would not otherwise be able to.

For ASD clients, this increased flexibility of scheduling appointments, as well as the ease of logging onto a teletherapy appointment rather than traveling to the practice, improves appointment retention. Your practice will be able to fill all available appointment slots much easily and keep them filled more often, increasing your profitability and ensuring you’re serving as many clients as possible. In addition, your ASD clients will receive consistent care because they’ll be able to keep their regular appointments while still fitting into their schedules and needs.

Gaining a Window of Insight into Clients' Lives

Talk therapy is a very popular form of therapy that has traditionally been offered in the office, but it is not the only type of therapy – and often, not the most effective technique – for clients with ASD. ASD’s effects can be seen at their peak in personal lives, and providers can gain amazing insights into each client through teletherapy. With the consent of the client, providers can come to know a client’s home environment better and improve their therapy strategies.

Teletherapy brings therapy to the home, so ASD clients can be given treatment in their more comfortable environment. Clients can also better demonstrate things that are presenting difficulties, such as certain tasks or burdens within the home. In return, therapy providers can assist their clients in confronting these tasks or difficulties in real-time. Teletherapy also provides the unique opportunity to offer group therapy that includes important people in the clients’ lives that couldn’t otherwise come to the office.

The Comfort of Computer Interactions Over In-Person Appointments

For those with ASD, face-to-face interactions can be uncomfortable and overwhelming. A crowded office environment can sometimes be overwhelming, discouraging clients from attending their appointments. Further, traveling to the office can prove to be a challenge, as many ASD clients might not be able or willing to drive themselves and must rely on others, or they’re unwilling to be in a car altogether.

Using technology to bring therapy to clients is a revolutionary way to improve care for those with ASD. Interacting on a computer can reduce anxiety about interactions between providers and ASD clients. Allowing clients to access therapy from their environments also improves their level of comfort, as they have more control over their environment and won’t need to interact with others in an office setting. They won’t have to disrupt their routines as much as they would to travel to appointments, and they will attend sessions less stressed, allowing them to focus on their care.

Overall, these improvements for the experience of your clients will help you improve your quality of care. You’ll be able to begin immediately with your client’s session and make the most of the appointment time rather than spending time helping the client relax in your office after overcoming many challenges to attend. As a result, you’ll most likely see more consistent and quick progress in your patients, be able to address more of their difficulties, and serve more clients.

Improve Your ASD-friendly Practice Using Markee

Getting used to providing teletherapy in your practice can be difficult at first, but Markee makes it easy to transition your practice into a virtual environment and can improve your services right away. Instead of downloading multiple SaaS platforms to cover your needs for chatting, sending files, scheduling meetings, and conducting video calls, your entire practice can be conducted in one simple user-friendly interface right in your browser. Markee is also made specifically for practices that have a hybrid or fully-remote work environment and need unique branding abilities like adding their logo, brand colors, and more to their internal and external-facing portals.

Because Markee is built for therapy practices, it contains an array of benefits unique to teletherapy. For example, you can trust that your client’s personal health information will stay safe with secure data encryption, HIPAA-compliant video calls, and even a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) that takes the burden of responsibility for data breaches off the shoulders of providers.

Clients will even find attending their sessions extremely simple with easy-to-read URLs that bring them right to their appointment rather than forcing downloads, registration, and other time-wasting and frustrating barriers to care. Accessibility and simplicity are key to a successful teletherapy practice, especially when you are serving clients with ASD. Markee will help you get there.

Start your 30-day free trial today to experience the benefits of teletherapy with Markee for your practice and improve your services for ASD clients.