Although many individuals with autism do not engage in severe problem behavior, research suggests it does seem to be more prevalent in people with autism than in those with other or no diagnoses. Therefore, a critical function of early intervention services for children with autism would seem to be preventing the development of severe problem behavior, to allow these children access to the wide range of opportunities and experiences available to their peers.

 

Below are descriptions of two interventions tailored specifically to target emerging problem behavior in home and school settings. FTF provides consultation services in both programs.

Balance Program: Home-Based Treatment

What is the Balance Program?

Balance Program, a home-based, parent-implemented, skill-based approach to preventing the development of severe problem behavior in young children recently diagnosed with autism.

The Balance Program is a proactive approach to teaching young children important communication and coping skills before severe problem behavior has had a chance to become routine. It is manualized in handbooks for professionals and for parents, and it can be implemented by parents, in the home with intermittent support from a trained professional.

FTF's Balance Program Consultation and Training Package

At FTF, we train organizations in the Balance Program. Our aim is to build capacity in your personnel to provide support to parent/caregiver implementers. Organizations might use this program in conjunction with comprehensive early intervention services or on its own for families with few service hours or who are on a waitlist for comprehensive services.

The content and duration of the consultation is flexible and can be tailored to each professional’s needs. We build capacity in others to implement an efficient model of assessment and treatment within a three-step process:

  1. Training
  2. Synchronous Assessment Design and Implementation Support
  3. Asynchronous Treatment Design and Implementation Support

The first step is training and is usually completed via the Balance on-demand course, and a synchronous Q&A following the on-demand course.

The second step is designing and preparing for implementation with specific clients and this is provided through synchronous online design and preparation support.

The third step is asynchronous treatment design and support and involves weekly consultative support via Zoom videoconferencing. An FTF Consultant supports the host organization’s personnel with implementation across the program lessons.

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Click here to enroll in Dr. Ruppel’s on-demand course, Balance: A Parent-Professional Collaborative Approach to Emerging Problem Behavior

Learn More about Balance

The best place to start is with our on-demand course. From there, we offer videoconference-based consultations with the primary objective of supporting clinicians as they support implementers (parents, caregivers, RBTs, etc.) through the program.

If you are ready to design your balance program for your client, but require some assistance, FTF offers quarterly design sessions, click here to see when the next Balance Design Session is being offered.

If you would like to learn more about consultation services relating to Balance through FTF, please click here.

Click here to enroll in Dr. Ruppel’s on-demand course, Balance: A Parent-Professional Collaborative Approach to Emerging Problem Behavior
Click here to check when the next live Balance course is available and to enroll in Dr. Ruppel’s live course.

Preschool Life Skills (PLS): School-Based Interventions

What is PLS?

The Preschool Life Skills (PLS) program is a classroom-based approach to teaching critical social skills to preschoolers to prevent problem behavior from developing or reemerging. These particular social skills were selected because early elementary teachers have identified them as being critical to early school success. The program begins as a class-wide approach to teaching thirteen skills in sequence. The program may then be individualized for small groups of learners of similar abilities.

FTF's PLS Consultation and Training Package

The content and duration of the consultation is flexible and can be tailored to each professional’s needs. We build capacity in others to implement the PLS curriculum in classrooms and school districts within a three-step process:

  1. Training
  2. Synchronous Assessment Design and Implementation Support
  3. Asynchronous Treatment Design and Implementation Support

The first step is training and is usually completed via a full-day seminar in which the PLS program is illustrated via interactive lecture and multiple case examples. This is followed by a a full-day workshop in which the focus is practical application and implementation design.

The second step is assessment design and this is provided through synchronous online design, practical application, and implementation support. The FTF Consultant will work with attendees to design class-wide motivational systems, select which life skills to target, select criteria for progressing through the skills, and discuss how to seamlessly integrate this model into the participant’s classrooms.

The third step is asynchronous treatment design and support and involves weekly consultative support via Zoom videoconferencing. An FTF Consultant supports the host organization’s personnel in personnel in implementing the PLS curriculum across class-wide and small group applications.

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Learn More about PLS

If you would like to learn more about consultation services relating to PLS through FTF, please click here.

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