In the New Year, Proud Moments ABA is prepared to Deliver Care That Keeps on Going
Continued high quality care for autistic children is the utmost priority at Proud Moments ABA
NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — “I’m exhausted,” says Samantha, the mother of a 6-year-old boy who is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. It’s a feeling that most parents can relate to these days, with the combination of school closures, lingering uncertainty around the rise in COVID cases across the country, and the arrival of colder weather. But for parents of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, the difficulties are compounded.
“Routine is everything for our family. The main constant in our son’s life has been our ABA therapist, who arrives daily to help cooperative behaviors, overstimulation and aggression. In the spring, we were doing telehealth out of necessity, but we are praying that things stay safe with our therapist being able to take all the necessary precautions to be able to come to our home in person,” continued Samantha.
Many of the families that Proud Moments serves feel this way. Samantha added, “Back in the spring, we had no idea if we were going to be able to keep getting care for our son. When the team at Proud Moments set up telehealth, we were willing to try, but it was such an unknown.”
At Proud Moments, when COVID hit in the spring of 2020, pausing or limiting access to care was never an option. “We realized immediately that our clients need services for continuity of care, no matter the environment,” said Chanie Rubin, one of Proud Moments’ co-founders. “We viewed it as the same service, different modality.”
Even prior to state mandates, leadership administered masks and gloves to the behavioral technicians (BTs) at certain sites that were still going into homes to work with clients while a remote care model was solidified.
At the end of the day, it was Proud Moments’ experts’ dedication that solidified the successful continuity of care through telehealth: “The BCBAs… led the charge for us, not only by coaching their behavior technicians, but advocating the need for our services to their clients’ families,” said Sabrine Maali, Director of Clinical Systems.
As the weather gets colder and cases spike around the country, Proud Moments is prepared for anything. During the first wave, as people around the country were under lockdown and in many cases unfortunately postponed necessary medical and mental health care, Proud Moments was able to maintain almost ¾ of its clients on telehealth. And now, 9 months after that initial implementation, we have a solid technology platform in place with CentralReach, strong team collaboration, and an empowered employee population – a combination that gives us every confidence that we will get through this winter and beyond, continuing to deliver the gold standard of care to all of the families we serve without interruption.
“Families may be having difficulties with the household being sick. Why have an interruption in service if there is a way to provide services? Consistency is integral,” added Chanie.
And at the end of the day, it always comes down to fulfilling the mission, regardless of modality of care or the difficulties that a health crisis may bring: More children will have access to care, regardless of the uncertainty surrounding the dynamics of a pandemic.
It is this mentality that gives us confidence that amid uncertainty, whatever the coming year brings, we are ready to continue to support the families we serve, safely.
About Proud Moments ABA
Proud Moments ABA is a Behavioral Health organization that provides services to individuals diagnosed with autism from birth to age 21. The organization provides medically necessary services utilizing behavior-analytic approaches ensuring that each client receives the Proud Moments gold standard of care. The highly qualified Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Licensed Behavior Analysts at Proud Moments possess years of experience and knowledge of research-based techniques, utilizing their extensive skills to improve social, behavioral and adaptive skills with individually tailored programs of therapy.
Proud Moments ABA currently operates in 13 locations across 6 states: NY, NJ, Nevada, Tennessee, Virginia and Maryland.
*Components of this article were written in partnership with CentralReach, regarding the Proud Moments telehealth implementation in Spring 2020.
SOURCE Proud Moments ABA
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Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.