Autism Telehealth in Crises and Beyond

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET
The Council of Autism Service Providers is proud to offer this free Telehealth webinar presented by Ron Oberleitner, with Dr. Joy Pollard, BCBA. Telehealth is proving vital to support the autism community in getting earlier diagnoses and accelerating ongoing treatment, especially during today’s health crisis. When their son Robby finally got diagnosed in 1996, the Oberleitners started researching the use of telehealth for his care, then for their friends in the autism community; over time their organization has led over 20 autism telehealth initiatives in 41 U.S. States and in 5 continents. In this webinar, Ron will review different applications of telehealth for autism and comparable health conditions and will recommend strategies to harness telehealth’s potential to benefit families, providers, and payers.

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Ron Oberleitner is a former VP Product Development from the medical device industry, where he supervised Styker’s Telesurgery and Telemedicine services for the craniofacial and select orthopedic & neurosurgery industries. After his son was diagnosed with autism, he became Principal Investigator on multiple telehealth research projects funded by NIH, the US Air Force, and Autism Speaks to develop telehealth applications to increase education and access to healthcare for people with autism, and other health conditions including PTSD and dementia. He focuses on the use of health informatics and telemedicine for autism and related behavioral disorders.

Mr. Oberleitner is CEO of Behavior Imaging® – a telehealth technology company that has also successfully managed telehealth services TalkAutism™ and AutismCares™. He is a board member on Idaho’s State Rehabilitation Council and has served and/or chaired the Idaho Assistive Technology Project board for 10 years. The Oberleitners have a wonderful 27-year-old son Robby, who was diagnosed at 3-1/2 years old with low-functioning autism.

Dr. Joy Pollard is the Co-founder and CEO of Clinical Operations at Behavior Change Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines, with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis and her clinical experience has spanned across the home, clinical, school, and residential home settings. Dr. Pollard serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where she provides clinical supervision and collaborates on research focused on children with ASD and neurogenetic syndromes. Her research and clinical practice have focused extensively on practitioner capacity building initiatives and pioneering telehealth applications to increase access to medically necessary ABA treatment for individuals living in rural and geographically isolated areas.

Dr. Pollard developed the clinical infrastructure and practice guidelines implemented within Behavior Change Institute to ensure high quality, ethically sound telehealth service delivery treatment of multi-state Telehealth services. Driven by a desire to help her nephew, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and unable to access care in his rural community, she developed the Telehealth Service Delivery currently implemented at Behavior Change Institute. She has worked extensively to continually improve the standards of behavioral healthcare for families in rural and underserved communities. Her scholarly publications include articles on ethical considerations in the design and implementation of telehealth service delivery models and she has served as a subject matter expert for the CASP Telehealth Guidelines.