MPS Family Training Services
Once the district has received a request/referral for family training services, the following will occur:
- A family needs assessment/child observation will be conducted by a licensed service provider for families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- As a result of the assessment/observation, a home/family service plan will be developed by the Team and will address the most significant identified needs in the areas of communication, behavior, social-emotional, and/or activities of daily living.
- A home/family service plan will outline the specific goals that will be addressed, the personnel providing the training for each goal, the time period of the training, and the requirement of the family. Training will not commence until parents accept and agree to the stipulations of the plan.
- Data sheets for goals will be developed and used during each session. The Team will use the data to determine effectiveness of the services. At any time, the Team may request a meeting to discuss progress and/or change in service delivery/goals.
- At the end of every home/family session, the trainer will write down the procedures used during the session and the outcome of the session in a home/family visit report form. Copies will be provided to the parents, as well as placed in the student’s file at school.
- When the home/family training sessions for each goal area have been completed, a final progress report will be written and will indicate progress made and/or further recommendations.
Types of Home/Family Services
- Home/Family Consultation: Consultation occurs either in the home or at school. A staff member offers suggestions, feedback, and trouble shoots with family members. family members implement the suggestions at home.
- Home/Family Training: Parents and family members are taught effective techniques to help their children develop to their maximum potential. The primary objective of the training is to model and explicitly teach interventions and strategies that families can use to teach their children important skills to improve daily life in the home. Skills targeted include, but are not limited to: self-care, communication, leisure, mealtimes, community outings, and management of challenging or disruptive behaviors.
Expectations of Families During Training Sessions
Trainings will take place in the school and/or at home. A parent, guardian, and/or family member is required to be present and to fully participate during each session. Whether the training session takes place in school or at home, the designated family member is expected to observe the trainer working directly with his/her child and then to use these techniques with his/her child while the trainer provides feedback.
Trainers are not allowed to transport students or family members in their personal vehicles. When a trip into the community is necessary, the trainer will drive his/her own vehicle and meet the family at the designated location.
Schedule of Training Sessions
The Home/Family Training Plan will specify the number of hours and time period of trainings, as well as where they will take place.
When there is no school, training services will not be provided. Training sessions are not provided during school vacations and holidays. Trainers will not provide services in inclement weather when the student’s school program is closed.
Trainers will make every effort to notify families as soon as possible when a visit must be cancelled. Trainers will make every effort to make up this time.
Parents are asked to notify the trainer as soon as possible when they need to cancel an appointment. Cancellations made by the family are not made up.
If your child is sick, please notify the trainer as soon as possible. Training is not provided when your child is ill and/or absent from school for any reason.
Training takes place with designated family members. Trainers are not required to enter a home or provide services to a family when the designated family member is not in the home at the time that the trainer arrives. The trainer will wait for a period of 15 minutes from the scheduled time of the session. If the designated family member does not arrive or there is no answer in the home, the training is considered cancelled by the parent.
Primary Objective of Home/Family Training
The primary objective of home/family training is to teach family members to independently implement specific techniques and strategies. Trainers’ primary purpose is to teach family members to work with their children. Focused goals will be written and when they are attained, direct training will no longer be provided. Case management and/or consultation will then be provided.
Reduction or removal of services occurs when family members are trained to competency and goals are mastered. Training may be terminated at any time if the data demonstrates that students are not making progress due to lack of family participation.
Trainers are required to maintain confidentiality about family’s personal lives and will keep private any information that is not related to the training. Please note that if a trainer observes a safety concern, (s)he is mandated by law to report this observation to his/her supervisor.