Program Design, Development and Implementation
Educational Support For Children With Autism
Developing Individualized Treatment Plans for Patients with Autism and Related Disorders
Research has shown that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the best methodology for teaching appropriate communication, social, academic, and behavioral skills to children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Trumpet’s team of ABA therapists often collaborates with other professionals, including educators and healthcare professionals, to provide comprehensive support to children with autism.
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Development and Implementation for Children with Autism
Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) at Trumpet Behavioral Health work collaboratively with other professionals to develop an Individualized Education Program/Plan (IEP) for students on the autism spectrum. The Individualized Education Program/Plan (IEP) is customized to include goals that are specific, measurable and achievable. IEPs can be used to help children acquire skills, stop maladaptive behavior, or a blend of both.
To create an IEP, our BCBAs assess the child or adolescent with autism to determine the areas where the student engages in challenging behavior(e.g., screaming, tantrums, physical aggression, etc.) or has behavior deficits (e.g., the inability to initiate conversations, turn-taking, communication skills, etc.). The team then determines which goals should be included in the student’s plan.
Autism Resources for Teachers & School Systems
To help children with autism succeed in the classroom, Trumpet Behavioral Health designs, develops and implements autism behavior management programs for educators and schools. We have an excellent reputation for helping schools apply positive behavior support for students on the autism spectrum, which enhances a child’s or adolescent’s potential. Trumpet is a leading provider of ABA therapy, and we use our knowledge to help schools to:
- Empower teachers to implement IEP and practical strategies to meet the needs of students with autism
- Provide positive, evidence-based autism intervention programs compliant with IDEA sections 56520-56525
- Provide support at IEP meetings and legal proceedings
- Maintain maximum efficiency by delivering services that are time-limited with plans for fading support created at service initiation
Strategies For Autism In The Classroom
At Trumpet Behavioral Health, we recognize the critical nature of maintaining an organized classroom for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), as well as the importance of proactive behavior management in order to achieve positive educational outcomes. Although each learner is unique, components of autism interventions are often effectively and efficiently repeated across a broad number of students. It’s often possible for schools to implement classroom-wide and school-wide behavior management programs and thus avoid resource-intensive individual approaches. Trumpet Behavioral Health has BCBAs who can help schools:
- Design learning environments that support and enhance instruction for students on the autism spectrum
- Apply autism behavior management techniques for making positive changes in students’ academic behavior
- Help teachers recognize the strengths and deficits most commonly associated with autism that can positively or negatively influence student behavior
- Modify the learning environment to prevent and manage inappropriate behaviors associated with autism
- Direct valuable resources to the areas of greatest need
Support from BCBA Professionals in the Classroom (1:1 Shadow Support)
Students on the autism spectrum or with special needs are participating in inclusive classroom environments more frequently. This trend has resulted in the need for more in-class support from BCBAs and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs). Trumpet Behavioral Health’s in-class shadow support program uses the principles of ABA therapy to help students with autism generalize their skills to the school environment while learning independence.
Our in-class shadow support can:
- Play a supportive role to the teacher, so that the teacher can effectively meet the needs of all students
- Promote an environment in which students with autism are better able to focus on and successfully complete schoolwork, engage in appropriate behavior, and share in meaningful social opportunities
- Collaborate with the teacher for those students that may require reminders or additional instruction
- Intervene to prevent difficult behavior
- Assist in curriculum modification
- Record data for use in decision-making and program evaluation