The rise of teletherapy for Autism

The disability sector has come a long way from traditional therapy to telehealth services and there are many benefits of teletherapy for Autism. 

Why is there so much demand for teletherapy for Autism?

Autism is one of the most prevalent disabilities within the NDIS space. In fact 31% of NDIS participants have a primary diagnosis of Autism.
This prevalence is even more pronounced in the paediatric NDIS population, where 65% of participants aged 7-14 years and 54% of those aged 15-18 years are Autistic. Occupational Therapy is one of the key therapeutic supports that are often involved in supporting paediatric participants with autism.

Demand for Occupational Therapy (OT) supports on the NDIS is at an all time high.

Consequently, many participants have turned to telehealth OT for shorter wait times and for those living in regional areas. Telehealth is great, allowing participants access to supports they would otherwise not have, or would need to wait months for.

However, telehealth specifically for capacity building OT supporting participants with autism often falls short of the mark. Sessions can be boring and not very engaging, using platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

At Ability Partners, we saw a need for a more creative, more engaging telehealth service.

Introducing Ability Partners Autism Teletherapy.

What is Ability Partners Autism Teletheraphy?

We use a leading interactive learning platform called Prescence Learning to deliver capacity building OT sessions via telehealth.

How does it work?

Presence allows participants to play a whole host of different “games” with their OT. These therapy “games” can help build capacity in the areas of social skills, emotional regulation, executive function, communication, and sensory modulation. Our Occupational Therapists can play videos, interactive games, use emojis, gifs, sound and colours to engage their participants, maintain attention and provide rewards. The therapy games can be customised to meet the individual interests of each participant. The result is a massive increase in participant engagement and enjoyment, most importantly, great results. Presence Learning has been operating for 12 years. During that time, nearly for million therapy sessions have been hosted. 

What are the benefits?

·      Remote – Access teletherapy from anywhere in Australia

·      Shorter wait times – Start therapy sooner

·      Creative and engaging – Leading to better results

Refer your participant for teletherapy. 

Check out the video below for a snippet of the capability of our Autism Teletherapy service.