Using Zoom technology, Smile Inside provides free, accessible, and privacy protected counseling to ALS patients and their family members. Services are rendered using Telehealth technology, including chat, which can reach people virtually anywhere that has an internet connection.
After being diagnosed, pALS and their families have many decisions to make as their disease progresses. Advance directives are important documents that enable people to designate an agent to make healthcare decisions and clarify treatment preferences should they become incapacitated or unable make their own decisions. Smile Inside helps pALS complete advance directives and provides counseling and support to pALS experiencing difficulty making these difficult and sometimes emotional decisions.
Smile Inside advocates for ALS patients who may be experiencing social injustice, abuse or neglect, or economic hardship. Smile Inside also forms coalitions with other organizations to engage policymakers and legislators for positive social change.
To enhance counseling capabilities and to better inform mental health clinicians on how to help pALS live more resiliently, Smile Inside conducts social research. Smile Inside will spearhead ongoing social research projects in which pALS and cALS can participate.
Smile Inside recognizes, congratulates, and would like to collaborate with the many organizations that help pALS and their families.