Hospitals: Effectively Communicate with and Treat Autism Patients

By Anita Lesko, BSN, RN, MS, CRNA, CAS (and proudly on the autism spectrum)

Communicating with patients who have autism spectrum disorder is a constant challenge for people in medicine, even if they don’t always know how big of a challenge it is.

Why Don’t Medical Professionals Know How to Communicate with these Patients?

Lack of specific training and knowledge in the healthcare field is constantly leading to people with autism not being diagnosed or treated properly as well as often avoidable situations that impede timely or effective care. Continue Reading →

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Pikeville Medical Center is First Emergency Department in Kentucky to Earn Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Pikeville Medical Center’s Emergency Department, a Pediatric Ready Emergency Department, is now the first ER in Kentucky to become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Pikeville’s ED is deemed one of only four hospitals in Kentucky to be Pediatric Ready by the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services for Children (KYEMSC) Program, which makes their autism training and certification vital to caring for all patients, including those with autism. Continue Reading →

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Why Is Teletherapy Training Essential for Speech Therapists? (SLPs)

Telepractice or teletherapy has burst into prominence due to many therapists being forced to work remotely due to concerns of COVID-19, and many therapists are realizing the benefits both for their patients and for themselves as a therapist. Even many therapists that were not considering incorporating telepractice before are now being forced to integrate it in order to effectively serve their current clients and attract new ones. Continue Reading →

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Urgent Care or the Emergency Room when you have Autism?

The emergency room is a stressful environment for just about everyone, especially for people on the autism spectrum. Watching the hustle and bustle of the medical staff and patients can make anyone feel on edge. Even if you’re not coping with a life-threatening emergency and are neurotypical, the atmosphere of a waiting room in the emergency ward can be overwhelming — and overstimulating. Continue Reading →

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Emergency Departments: Avoid the Service Guarantee Trap

The most common complaint about a trip to the emergency room (ER) is usually that the wait time at the was far too long.

Some emergency departments (EDs) have jumped on the bandwagon of offering service guarantees: unless a patient receives care in a certain amount of time, it’s free.

While at first glance this can seem like a strategic business move and simple solution to the consumer’s problem, service guarantees can actually pose serious challenges to EDs that could end up hurting their reputation and credibility. Many emergency departments have found that they did get an increase in patients, but due to systemic challenges in serving those patients it was actually detrimental to the department as a whole. Read more to find out how. Continue Reading →

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DotCom Therapy, in Partnership with IBCCES, Elevates the Standard for Telepractice Delivery

Madison, Wi. June 10, 2020 – DotCom Therapy (DCT) , the country’s leading therapist-founded teletherapy company, is proud to partner with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in training and certification for professionals who work with cognitive disorders across industries to present the IBCCES Board Certified Telepractice Specialist program. Continue Reading →

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16 Reasons Teletherapy Benefits a Speech-Language Pathologist

Now that many speech-language pathologist clients have been forced to transition to teletherapy (or telepractice) many clients are finding they want to keep doing teletherapy in tandem with in-person services due to how it makes their lives so much easier. There are a lot of benefits for speech-language pathologists as well.

Many people who need a wide variety of medical and therapeutic services and have been restricted by stay at home orders or other restrictions to protect their own health or that of others. While teletherapy is not going to be the best choice for every client, moving forward it is important for speech-language pathologists to consider how telepractice fits into their plan for the future. Many clients will want a combination of in-person services and teletherapy or might at times have teletherapy be their only option. Continue Reading →

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Autism and the Emergency Department (ED): Why it’s Important

Research shows that emergency department visits are 30 percent higher for children who have ASD and 70 percent higher for teens between 15 to 18 years old with ASD. For diagnosed adults, their ED encounters are twice as high as adults without ASD.

The emergency room (ER) is often a place of stress for most people. However, this stress skyrockets for those diagnosed with ASD.

The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs in 2009-10 found that “caregivers of children with ASD were more likely to report difficulty utilizing services, lack of shared decision making and care coordination, and adverse family impact as compared to caregivers of children with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, or both.”  Continue Reading →

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