Navigating the Complexities of Managing an ABA Practice During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, many ABA practices face uncharted territory and new complexities to their care delivery model. Here at CentralReach, we know how stressful this time may be for you, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common plans that our 85,000 users are initiating.

Communicate Often

It’s critical to communicate often and regularly with your learners and their parents. Plan a weekly email that shares any changes to your hours of operations, what steps you are taking to keep your practice clean, how parents can maintain skills in the absence of sessions, and more.

Limit Client Care Disruption

Deliver care through parents and caregivers. Involving parents and caregivers in the planning, generalization, and maintenance of skills has been widely implemented as a fundamental standard. Research has shown that parental participation in the generalization of goals has a positive impact on overall treatment (Ozonoff & Cathcart, 1998). This blog can get you started.

Share digital resources through your HIPAA-compliant messaging tool. As parents and clients may be extra stressed during these challenging times, consider sharing videos and/or documents that may help manage behaviors and continue care.

Supercharge your clinical programming. Consider boosting your clinical programming with techniques such as multi-tiered measurement.

Take Time for Staff Training, CEUs, & Organizational Optimization

With an increase in COVID-19 related session cancellations, many of our customers are looking at this as an opportunity to tackle the many organizational challenges that they didn’t have time for previously.

Develop Your Staff Training Program: Poor staff training continues to be a top reason for staff turnover. ABA practices are spending this time fine tuning their onboarding programs, employee training, systems access and more. As you consider ramping up your training, here are resources to help you develop and deliver training effectively to your teams:

Help Staff Maintain Credentials with Online CEU Courses: As in-person ABA conferences and events cancel or postpone, more and more organizations are turning towards online digital CEU courses. Here is one resource to consider:

Precision Teaching and Applied Behavior Analysis: A Large-Scale Research Study
In light of the recent cancellation of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) 2020 conference as a result of COVID-19, CentralReach Director of Research Dr. Rick Kubina, BCBA-D, is offering an interactive webinar of his talk that was scheduled at the conference for free. Join Dr. Kubina on Monday, March 30th at 1:30 p.m. EST to get an in-depth look at research that systematically evaluated the effects of a package intervention consisting of behavior analysis (ABA) and Precision Teaching (PT) for people with autism.

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We Are Here to Support You

The CentralReach team is here to help you. Chat with a CentralReach representative to see how our users are minimizing disruption during this time.

For additional tips and guidelines to maintain your practice during these challenging times, and to keep up with regular updates from the CDC and WHO, click the links below: