1. Enhance Professional Reputation and Credibility
As a therapy clinic, when your staff is trained and certified specifically in autism and you communicate this to potential clients, it leads to a positive reputation and increased credibility that can bring in new clients, increase referrals, and keep current clients raving about your clinic.
2. Stand Out From Competitors
Therapy clinics are looking for any way they can to differentiate themselves from competitors. Becoming autism certified is a great way to stand out to a growing population of individuals who are underserved and need proper care. Families and individuals are much more likely to travel longer distances to a clinic that has staff who are autism certified than going to a competitor that does not, even if their location is closer. Stand out in a positive way while serving a population that needs it.
3. Show Your Commitment to Autism Training
Autism certification is one of the best ways to show your community that your clinic is committed to serving those with autism and other cognitive disorders. This can play a crucial role in expanding your business, forming important partnerships, and being able to produce the best outcomes for your patients.
4. Demonstrates Compliance
Another benefit is that becoming autism certified demonstrates that your staff are in compliance with local and state guidelines in regards to professional development.
5. Improve Grant Qualifications
When your staff is autism certified, your clinic has better qualifications and can demonstrate commitment to potential grant opportunities, donors, and funding programs.
“This certification allows me to demonstrate my professional competence and skills, specifically in the field of autism. This is increasingly important at a time when standards of accountability mandate service providers be highly qualified. I am a better OT when I am more diversely equipped to meet the spectrum of needs of this growing population.” – Paula Perkins, OTR, SCSS, MA, CAS Burkburnett ISD | Burkburnett, TX