Parents of clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and clinicians have been forced to adapt to special circumstances in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Due to restrictions brought by the pandemic there was a significant increase in frequency and severity of symptoms of ASD and a subsequent increase in levels of stress for parents. Many treatment modalities changed to incorporate remote treatment or adjusted their services to accommodate restrictions due to COVID-19 lockdowns. Parents of children with ASD diagnosis have experienced the changes by the pandemic and monitored the treatment firsthand in the absence of consistent treatment. The current study assesses and analyzes adjusted treatment modalities and their efficacy through administration of an online parent survey. The survey gathers relevant information into understanding the status of treatment during the pandemic and the parental perceptions of helpfulness across various types of treatment options. Results from the online survey found support for in person treatments, population and symptom categories best served through telehealth treatment, and additional resources for understanding approaches for treatment in the pandemic. Findings can be used to benefit parents, clinicians, and especially clients and should be used to decrease the aversive effects of ASD and symptoms of ASD exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and future disruptions in face-to-face treatments.
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, COVID-19 Pandemic, telehealth/online treatment