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Help for Parents of Children with Autism as School Resumes

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* * * * Important Information to Help Parents of Children with Autism as School Resumes * * * *

As we begin the new school year, there is a great deal of uncertainty about what the year will bring.  But one thing is for certain – the circumstances we are facing are unlike any we’ve seen before.

In California, parents are well aware that many students will participate in virtual / distance learning. Some students may return to the classroom for live instruction or other special face-to-face support – but with new social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols. Others might participate in a hybrid between live classroom and distance learning. Each approach presents a unique set of challenges.

No matter how students participate in school this year, those with autism or other developmental disabilities need support to help them successfully access their curriculum. We know situations vary from child to child and could change at any time, and that’s why 360 Behavioral Health and our family of providers – including California Psychcare, Behavior Respite in Action, and Willowbrooks Behavioral Health – provide options to help ensure all students are as successful as they can be.  Our options include:

VIRTUAL & SCHOOL-BASED SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH AN IEP THAT INCLUDES BII/BID

If you are the parent of a child with special needs who has an Individual Education Program (IEP) that includes intensive behavioral services – such as behavior implementation (BII) and/or behavior intervention – you know your child needs special support to help them succeed in school.

California Psychcare is a non-public agency that has extensive experience and expertise in providing school-based services. As a partner to many school districts across California, we stand ready to help in a variety of ways, including:

  • In-Classroom Behavior Intervention Services – BII and BID support for qualifying students in the classroom.
  • Virtual Behavior Intervention Services – BII and BID support for qualifying students virtually / remotely.
  • In-Home Behavior Intervention Services – BII and BID support for qualifying students in the student’s home.

The California Department of Education pays for school-based behavior intervention services that are provided through the local school district. School districts make the decision about who receives school-based behavior intervention services, and these services are included in a child’s Individual Educational Program (IEP) if the school district determines that these services are appropriate for the child. Parents can contact their school district for more information.

For more information about school-based services available through California Psychcare, visit https://360behavioralhealth.com/service/aba-school/. A complimentary phone consultation can also be requested at https://360behavioralhealth.com/schedule-a-consultation/. During the consultation, our customer service specialist will take time to learn more about your child and his/her needs and can provide information about next steps in the process.

IN-HOME RESPITE CARE

We understand that many parents of students who are returning to distance learning programs are facing a huge dilemma. If you are a parent who needs to go to work or needs to work from home while your child is attending school at home, we know you are facing a huge challenge. How can you juggle everything you need to get done to ensure everyone is successful?

With in-home respite care through Behavior Respite in Action, we provide an extra set of hands to help keep your child on track with their distance learning while you tend to your own work or other responsibilities.  While this support is not intended to be a tutoring service, staff are equipped to promote engagement for a healthy learning environment and convey instructions or assignments, thus providing relief for parents or other caregivers.

Beyond providing assistance with distance learning, our respite services can also help parents get the temporary assistance they need to take a break, run errands or complete everyday tasks. The bottom line is that respite care may be just what you need to help keep everything running smoothly.

Costs for in-home respite care are often covered by the State of California through programs administered by the local regional center. In some situations, self-pay may also be an option.

For more information about in-home respite care available through Behavior Respite in Action, visit https://360behavioralhealth.com/service/traditional-in-home-respite/ and https://360behavioralhealth.com/service/specialized-personal-assistance/. A complimentary phone consultation can also be requested at https://360behavioralhealth.com/schedule-a-consultation/. During the consultation, our customer service specialist will take time to learn more about your child and your family’s respite care needs and can assist with next steps in the process.

OTHER SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN STRUGGLING IN SCHOOL AND AT HOME

For children with autism or other developmental disabilities who don’t participate in a program through their school, we offer a variety of behavioral therapy services and options. All our programs use an approach called applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is the most widely accepted approach to assess and intervene with behaviors exhibited by these special individuals.

In addition, children receiving BII and/or BID services as part of their Individual Education Program (IEP) may benefit from and qualify for additional behavioral therapy services beyond the program they participate in through their school. These additional services can augment and build upon the special assistance these children receive through their school program.

Our services include:

Traditional Behavioral Therapy

This therapy is designed to increase language and communication, improve attention and focus, and decrease problem behaviors. It is appropriate for all ages and is customized for each individual. Our 1:1 sessions are conducted in person in the home or remotely via telehealth. In some instances, these services are also available in-person in one of our treatment centers.

Costs for behavioral therapy services are typically covered by the health plan / health insurance program that supports the child needing these services. In some cases, costs for services are covered by the State of California through programs administered through the local regional center.

For more information about in-home behavioral therapy services available through California Psychcare, please visit https://360behavioralhealth.com/service/aba-home-based/.  For more information about services available through telehealth (virtual / remote), please visit https://360behavioralhealth.com/service/telehealth-services/. A complimentary phone consultation can also be requested at https://360behavioralhealth.com/schedule-a-consultation/. During the consultation, our customer service specialist will take time to learn more about your child and your situation, and can assist with next steps in the process.

Social Skills Training

Social distancing has become a new reality for us all as we adjust and respond to the COVID-19 public health crisis. As a result, our day-to-day social interactions have become more limited. For children and young adults, reducing opportunities to face different social scenarios translates into reduced learning opportunities, and impacts social-emotional development.

The effect on individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities is even more significant because these individuals often need extra help cultivating the skills they need to create and maintain positive interactions with others in social situations. Our social skills training helps these special children and young adults cultivate these skills.

Social skills groups are typically conducted face-to-face, however, during the COVID-19 crisis, conducting social skills groups in person presents many challenges. Luckily, telehealth has evolved as a new platform for group participants to come together virtually to continue to practice their social skills development.

Participating in a social skills group via telehealth is easy. Participants can join a group via any electronic device from the comfort of their own home. Without the social interactions these individuals typically get while in school or through in-person social skills groups, participating in a social skills group virtually provides a safe and supportive environment where they can continue to learn the skills they need to start and maintain friendships.

Costs for social skills training are typically covered by the health plan / health insurance program that supports the individual needing these services. In some cases, costs for services are covered by the state of California through programs administered by the local regional center.

For more information about social skills training available through California Psychcare, visit https://360behavioralhealth.com/service/social-skills-training/ and https://360behavioralhealth.com/social-skills-development-for-kids-with-autism-during-covid-19/. A complimentary phone consultation can also be requested at https://360behavioralhealth.com/schedule-a-consultation/. During the consultation, our customer service specialist will take time to learn more about the individual needing training and will assist with next steps in the process.

Parent Training

Parent training teaches parents valuable skills that can improve communication and cooperative behavior. Sessions are conducted in person in the home or at our centers, or remotely via telehealth. Group and individual options are available.

Costs for parent training are typically covered by the health plan / health insurance program that supports the child needing these services. In some cases, costs for services are covered by the State of California through programs administered by the local regional center.

A complimentary phone consultation can be requested at https://360behavioralhealth.com/schedule-a-consultation/. During the consultation, our customer service specialist will take time to learn more about the parents needing training and will assist with next steps in the process.

SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WHO MAY NEED AN EVALUATION

As students return to the classroom – whether in person, via distance learning, or somewhere in between – educators and other professionals may become aware of specific children who seem to be struggling. In order to identify the appropriate support needed for these students, an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE), psychoeducational assessment, or psychodiagnostics assessment may be needed.

If your child is struggling or exhibiting signs of autism or learning disabilities or delays, professionals from your school may recommend you begin the process of evaluation as a critical first step. The evaluation and diagnostics process is an individualized, comprehensive assessment approach that can effectively diagnose and clarify concerns about the behaviors observed.

Once the evaluation and diagnostics process is complete, the findings are used to develop personalized treatment strategies and interventions to address problem behaviors and get your child the help and support they need.

Willowbrooks Behavioral Health supports California Psychcare clients as a preferred provider of evaluation and diagnostics services. Willowbrooks Behavioral Health is an expert in conducting these services and has been providing exceptional care to their clients for many years.  Willowbrooks Behavioral Health also provides mental health therapy | counselling services for children, parents or families that may need these services.

Costs for Evaluation & Diagnostic services are typically covered by the health plan / health insurance program that supports the child needing these services or may be covered by the child’s school district.  Costs for mental health services may also be covered by the health plan / health insurance program that supports the child, parents or family.

For more information about Evaluation & Diagnostic or other services available through Willowbrooks Behavioral Health, visit https://willowbrooksbehavioralhealth.com/. A complimentary phone consultation can also be requested at https://willowbrooksbehavioralhealth.com/schedule-a-consultation/. During the consultation, our customer service specialist will take time to learn more about the individual needing services and will assist with next steps in the process.

OUR COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

During all in-person visits, our staff follow special protocols designed to keep our staff, our clients and their families safe. As part of our protocol, we provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to all staff as well as to our clients and other family members who are unable to provide their own PPE.

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