Family, Education and Training

Parents and family members are integral to the success of each child. Step-in autism Services of Alaska strives to include parents in all aspects of therapy from goal and objective development to treatment strategies and behavior management skills. Consistency of programming across settings is our ultimate aim. Our Clinical Director is available to train parents in the areas of behavior management and the application of discrete trial training with the intention that parents will also become part of the child’s therapy team.

Expectation of Parent/caregiver participation: Participation may include team meeting, data
collection, and implementation and involvement in the implementation of recommended strategies. If there is lack of involvement, SiAS reserves the right to reconsider the approp
riateness of service. Team meetings will focus on progress monitoring, level of service needed, and barriers in treatment as a way to strive toward positive results. Please budget at least 5 minutes at start of session to review any pertinent information (any recent illnesses/schedule changes, etc.). Additionally, please arrive 10 minutes prior to session end for a review of the session with the BCBA or behavior technician. At a minimum, the parent/caregiver shall commit at least 5% of the client’s scheduled time per month for the SiAS participation requirement.
Additional parental/caregiver expectations include:
  • Maintain adequate communication, respond to requests for information, and submit required data in a timely manner;
  • Provide materials and accommodations for the ABA program (e.g., therapy room, materials, reinforcers, etc.);
  • Participate in recommended and applicable parent training and parent education as necessary for the success of the ABA program, and appropriately seek out information and training about Autism & ABA;
  • Monitor and stay informed of child’s progress in the ABA program, data records, and anecdotal data to accurately convey this information to important stakeholders;
  • Participate in parental goal(s) listed in the treatment plan;
  • Follow recommended treatment plans, skill acquisition programs, or behavior reduction plans as written and advised.