Autism Good News: Clinicians Working Together

Good News! CLINICIANS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO TRANSITION TO TELEHEALTH

During these uncertain times of COVID-19, it has been heartwarming to us at CLEAR to see clinicians coming together to support each other and support families. With the learning curve for everyone being steep as we work to develop a new normal and figure out how we can do the work we love virtually, we need one another. For families, as they navigate virtual school, work balance, stressors to health and finance, they need clinician support perhaps more than ever. 

MANY CLINICIANS ARE REACHING OUT

In our practice, we have connected with 60+ clinicians (psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, special education teachers, therapists) across the globe in recent weeks to share ideas for telepractice. We have been offering our telehealth platform, CADE, for clinicians to use for a couple months without subscribing because we think our tools can help. At CLEAR, we’ve practiced telepsychology for a couple of years to serve families in distant and rural areas who need support. That experience has helped us to continue our services during COVID-19. 

FREE (AND WELL ATTENDED) WEBINARS FOR CLINICIANS 

Other examples of this community coming together to consult and support include the work of APA and Autism Speaks to present a webinar designed to help parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with autism connect with each other as they continue to navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

REVISED CLINICAL INSTRUMENTS & TESTS

Vanderbilt University also created a number of free webinars for clinicians to share their research in remote administration of autism assessment for toddlers. Remote work is a new frontier for many clinicians. With reports indicating we will continue to have COVID-19 with perhaps a larger surge later this year, we have to be flexible and think of new ways to connect and support one another. We can do it!

At CLEAR, we have always thought that technology can be a powerful tool to serve families impacted by autism and related concerns. We now have a live parent portal that provides assessment as well as webinars, resources and virtual consultation for families. We are grateful for the connections we have made and for the autism community’s work to help families right now. 

If you want to check out our work, click here. You can do a free trial and see what you think!

And in all things, remember… You rock! You’ve got this. We’re here for you.

Stay well and healthy,

Dr. Anna Kroncke