Early intervention services typically focus on supporting the entire family. After a child exits early intervention, there is less of an emphasis on the child AND family functioning at home despite the fact the issues may become more severe. The staff from United Supports for Autism will work with parents to develop an Individualized Family Support Plan that includes:
1. Teaching a child new and functional skills
2. Developing a behavior intervention plan that focuses on positive supports
3. Guiding parents through procedures that teach a child throughout the day and across settings
4. Showing parents how to organize and structure their home routines that enable their child to function most successfully in his most important environment
5. Assisting parents and other family members to cope with a disability and/or difficult behavior
6. Helping parents to access a full range of community supports
7. Working with parents to prepare for future issues
United Supports for Autism offers a wide range of services for various needs:
1. Direct Child Instruction – designed to address specific child skill deficits, such as social skills, coping skills, fine motor skills, handwriting skills, daily living skills and adaptive behavior skills.
2. Group Parent Training and Education – designed to provide extensive information based on various topics, such as teaching your child, decreasing problem behavior, and collaborating with professionals. This service provides essential information and skills that are relevant for daily life. The purpose of these trainings is to empower parents to become more equipped to help their child function at home and in the community.
3. Individual Parent Training – designed to address issues that are related to specific children with autism and their families. This individualized service might include areas, such as feeding issues, sleeping issues, problem behavior, and social issues. The majority of these meetings take place at the office; in-home visits occur on an as needed basis.
4. Parent Counseling and Support – parental stress and specific parenting cognitive styles have been associated with problem behavior. This service is designed to address levels of stress by teaching parents coping skills and by examining/modifying cognitive styles related to child problem behavior.
4. Behavior Management Support – designed to help parents address behavioral issues. This service is not exclusive to children with autism. It is available to any child exhibiting problem behavior. This service involves working with parents to develop an effective behavior support plan that can be implmenented at home and in the community. The service also looks to address many factors that contribute to child problem behavior.
5. Community Outreach – designed to inform the community regarding autism. Community outreach involves consultation with professionals (e.g., physicians, dentists) and presentations at community facilities/centers (i.e., libraries, preschools). The goal of this service is to increase understanding and raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders.