Technology provides a low-cost and widely-accessible platform for individualised therapy and training for people living in geographically isolated regions of Australia. Aspect Therapy has been pioneering the delivery of web-based, autism-specific tele-health services since 2015. Aspect tele-health programs have received both state and Commonwealth government funding to investigate and develop effective frameworks of support for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and support persons in their local community.
We currently offer therapy programs including speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology and special education. We also offer online webinar training programs, as well as individual tele-consultation for organisations, schools and other service providers supporting individuals on the autism spectrum.
The Aspect Tele-Therapy Service is a therapy service delivered via video-conferencing to isolated individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and in collaboration with their local support network. The service provides timely access to autism-specific support in locations where these services may be limited or inaccessible. The tele-therapy services emphasise collaboration with and within the individuals local support team members including local educators, allied health and community support staff.
The tele-therapy service is delivered by Aspect Therapists (Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist and Special Educator) via Zoom. Zoom is a free video conferencing software program that participants access through their computer browser or device. Zoom allows for participants, their support team and the Aspect tele-therapist to see and talk to each other during sessions and create and view support plans together.
Participants and their families will be invited to an initial online interview to discuss their goals with the tele-therapist. Goals can be from a wide range of areas for example, challenging behaviour, developing communication and accessing mainstream environments. The tele-therapist will then schedule regular sessions at a time that suits both the tele-therapist and family/support teams. Sessions can be scheduled at home, preschool, or school. Support team members who are not physically present are welcome to login to the session to watch it from a remote location. The participant must have at least one support person present during the session (family member or support team member).
Tele-PBS is the delivery of the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach to addressing behaviours of concern via video-conferencing. The aim of the tele-PBS program is to engage in meaningful data collection on behaviour across the individual’s environments, work in partnership with families and local support team members to development effective behaviour support plans, and to monitor, evaluate and review the implementation of the behaviour support strategies.
Webinars and Tele-Consultation
Building Connections Webinars
Building Connections is a capacity building project to ensure that isolated therapists, support workers and mainstream environments have access to professional support and skill strengthening opportunities. This aims to enhance the support provided to individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and the communities in which they live.
Building Connections uses Zoom Webinars to deliver online interactive and collaborative webinars. Participants are free to ask questions at any time throughout the webinar and engage in discussion surrounding the topic with the presenter and other participants. NESA accreditation is available for selected webinars.
Mainstream and disability organisations, schools and other services providers can also access tele-consultation with Aspect Therapists via video-conferencing. The tele-consultation approach can be a useful way for organisations to connect with autism-specific support for their individual clients or students, or for implementing general autism-friendly strategies within the work place.