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Virtual Programs

To ensure the privacy and security of all clients, Els for Autism only provides virtual services through Zoom, a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant video communication product.  Current guidelines for these services are outlined in the Telehealth/Remote Communications Notice below.

 

Virtual Programs with Els for Autism

The Foundation is providing a variety of support meetings to assist with managing this time as a community and within your family. These programs are offered virtually via Zoom video conferencing.

Virtual Recreation Programs

The Foundation is offering a variety of recreation programs virtually, including Music Therapy, Yoga, Dance Therapy and more.

View the Recreation Schedule here

 

Spectrum Book Club

The Spectrum Virtual Book Club is for individuals ages 18 and older with autism or developmental disabilities who enjoy exploring the world of literature. Participants do not need to own a copy of the book. During the meeting participants will be able to see the story and members of the Els for Autism Foundation staff will facilitate the group. Participants may take an active role as a reader during the meeting or they can choose to just listen to the story. At the end of each meeting, the staff will lead the group in a discussion about what was read.

For more information on how to enroll in the Spectrum Book Club, please contact Kelley Coutts at kelley.coutts@elsforautism.org

 

 

Families Coping through Conversation

September 8 & 22 | 6-7 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Families Coping through Conversation will address daily challenges and ways to manage feelings and behaviors. Topics specific to the sudden shift in daily life will be addressed and specific coping methods and techniques for families living with autism will be identified.
For questions or to register, contact Dr. Kimberly Rivieccio at Kimberly.Rivieccio@elsforautism.org

 

 

Sibs Stick Together

September 8 & 22 | 7-8 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Sibs Stick Together Room addresses the needs of siblings of children with special needs & learning differences. The siblings will have an opportunity to support each other, express their thoughts & feelings, & discuss issues specific to their needs.

Contact Dr. Kimberly Rivieccio at Kimberly.Rivieccio@elsforautism.org to request access to these sessions.

 

Virtual Connections Club

It can be difficult to find time to connect with friends due to schedules, location, transportation and personal obligations.  For individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities, social interaction and connecting with peers can be a challenge on a daily basis.  Connections Club is designed to provide opportunities for individuals to interact with peers in a safe and support environment using video conferencing technology, while practicing communication and social skills.  Els for Autism staff members will facilitate meetings, providing support and guidance so individuals of all abilities can actively participate in the group.  Each meeting will follow a schedule, including welcome/introduction, review of participant expectations, stretching routine, fun facts, a variety of discussion topics, games and activities.  Connections club is for individuals 13 and older with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Participants will need to use a cell phone, laptop and/or computer with internet access to connect to the video conference meetings.
To participate in the club, individuals are required to have completed the Els for Autism Foundation client application and the Connections Club registration process.   For more information on how to enroll in the Connections Club please contact Kelley Coutts at kelley.coutts@elsforautism.org

 

 

 

Social Group for Adult Participants

The Spoken Wheel Society is a social group for adults with autism led by an adult with autism.

Date/time: Fridays from Noon to 1 p.m.
Cost: Donations welcome

For More Information Contact:  Merrick Egber at merrick.egber@elsforautism.org


Telehealth Services

Therapy Services (Fee-based)

  • Individual Speech & Language Therapy
  • RUBI Parent Training – Group and Individual Sessions
  • Mental Health Counseling – Group and Individual Sessions
  • ABA Therapy
  • Individualized Behavioral Consultations
  • Spring Into Action Early Intensive Behavior Intervention Circle Time (current EIBI clients only)
  • “Eye Spy” Social Skills Group

Download the flyer to learn more


Telehealth/Remote Communications Notice

Covered health care providers may use popular applications that allow for video chats, including Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video, Zoom, or Skype, to provide telehealth without risk that the Office of Civil Rights might seek to impose a penalty for noncompliance with the HIPAA Rules related to the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. Providers are encouraged to notify patients that these third-party applications potentially introduce privacy risks, and providers should enable all available encryption and privacy modes when using such applications. Facebook Live, Twitch, TikTok, and similar video communication applications are public facing, and should not be used in the provision of telehealth by covered health care providers. https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html


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