Becca Lory Hector
CAS and BCCS
Consultant, Speaker & Author
The tourism industry has taken an incredible hit due to the spread of COVID-19, but tourism will resume in time. While COVID-19 has impacted lives worldwide and drastically changed the way we operate businesses, through adaptation and innovation, business owners in tourism and hospitality are beginning to be able to safely open their doors to guests.
With infection rates rising in many states as lockdowns end and businesses reopen, it is clear that things are not going to go back to normal. Organizations will have to find a new normal – a way to operate as safely as possible to minimize the risk of infection for both patrons and employees alike.
In this article we will talk about safety measures and precautions in light of COVID-19, the implications of those safety measures for people with autism or other sensory disorders, and how the Guest Experience 2.0 Training can help your location adjust to the ‘new normal’.
Faith Therapeutic Services is now the first Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) in Kingstree, South Carolina. The CAC designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and requires staff to complete autism-specific training and professional certification.
Faith Therapeutic Services (FTS) specializes in occupational therapy to help children who are experiencing a variety of challenges that impact their daily routines. FTS’s mission is to help all their clients perfect their “special talents” so they can experience the joys of the world and spread that joy to everyone around them as they play their way through childhood, bounce through adolescence, and spring into adulthood in their own individualized special way.
“I hope all first responders, from police officers to EMTs, and indeed the whole of society, learn about severe autism, not just TV-version autism.” – Adrienne, mother of a daughter on the autism spectrum, helped by an off-duty police officer to avoid harm to her daughter during a meltdown.
Whether a first responder has training in how to approach someone with autism can make a huge difference for many families at crucial times. People with autism tend to react differently and get overwhelmed more easily than neurotypical individuals due to various sensory sensitivities.
There is a dark reality that teachers and school staff face that is coming to light and cannot be ignored.
The stress levels teachers and school staff experience on a daily basis have never been higher. A recent poll shows that 46 percent of teachers report high stress every day, tying teaching with nursing as the most stressful occupation in the United States.
Clinics of all types have had to make significant adjustments to therapy since the onset of COVID, forcing many to abruptly transition to teletherapy only models for at least the short term.
It now seems that the new normal is to never know when the next time we might have a stay at home order forcing therapists to yet again do extensive teletherapy, regardless of whether it is their preference or not. It also applies across professions- whether your clinic has occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists or even physical therapists.
Is not understanding sarcasm a ‘big deal’? Turns out it is because it is so prevalent, and not understanding it makes you stand out.
By Anita Lesko, BSN, RN, MS, CRNA, CAS, (and on the autism spectrum)
For some teenagers, getting a driver’s license might symbolize their freedom and new life as an adult. But not every teenager counts the days until they get their driver’s license. I learned to drive in high school along with the rest of my classmates.
At that time in my life, I didn’t know I’m autistic. What I did know, however, was that I felt scared and instinctively knew I wasn’t ready to drive.
I did great on the written exam. Being behind the wheel out on the road with the instructor was a different story.
By Elayne Pearson, C.A.S., Special-needs Preparedness Specialist, is an award-winning writer, poet, presenter, advocate, author, and actress.
Sometimes sensitivity to touching hair, touching the face, or putting inanimate objects that might put pressure on the hair or face can be a sign of late-onset autism. In our case, this was particularly confusing until we figured out what was going on.