Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
One in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) are diagnosed with Autism according to the CDC and Autism Speaks, and the incidence rate has been getting higher and is expected to continue its rise.
We believe there are not enough practitioners to provide the interventional help these children need. Even fewer practitioners are available when children get older. As such, we have a dual-focused mission for education and training in autism and developmental disabilities
- Training – increasing the number of practitioners helping individuals and families with special needs. We aim to help train tens or hundreds of thousands of practitioners over time so that the individuals and families with special needs can receive the help they need.
- Research – advancing the state-of-the-art of identifying developmentally appropriate treatment approaches, as well as create the approach for how to integrate these approaches to address what the individual needs at specific stages of development.
We seek to complement the work already done by other organizations to advance the DIR model, ABA, Early Start Denver Model and the myriad of other approaches. We seek to increase the number of professionals who become trained on these underlying intervention approaches. We do not seek to replace any of them, but to augment their education and training in autism and developmental disabilities.
To create a community of caring families, clients, multi-disciplinary professionals and leaders in the field, We look to expand education and training in autism and developmental disabilities. We are committed to promoting treatment approaches that address the unique needs of the individual at any stage of development from early childhood to adulthood, integrating the best treatment models across disciplines and intervention approaches.
We embrace the following principles:
- Fill the treatment gap: As the number of individuals with special needs is rapidly growing in size, there is an increasing demand for skilled practitioners to provide treatment, education and training in autism and developmental disabilities, and train others.
- Treat the individual, not the diagnosis: Individuals with special needs are not all alike, and entitled to support and interventions tailored to their individual needs. Yet needs change over time, and so too should interventions being utilized to create lifespan solutions. We seek to promote collaboration and integration between treatment professionals and best practice models that put the individual first.
- Foster integrated intervention approaches across disciplines (psychology, speech and language, occupational therapy, etc.) and treatment models (ABA, DIR, PRT®, SCERTS®, etc.).
- Families count: An individual with special needs is part of a family, who are essential partners in their child’s treatment. Providing the family with education and training in autism and developmental disabilities, information, options and support assures they can support their child or young adult.
- Build partnerships: Best outcomes are assured when families, individuals with special needs and multi-disciplinary professionals and educators partner together.
- Educate and inspire new leadership: The community of professionals treating individuals and families with special needs want more opportunities to come together, across disciplines, to learn from one another and promote the next generation of leaders and treatment professionals. Education and training in autism and developmental disabilities and learning opportunities must be accessible, affordable, regional, offering integrated treatment approaches and cutting edge updates to keep pace with the literature and research.
- Research must be promoted: Sound evidence-based research is essential to support growing trends in developmental treatment approaches. Advancing the state-of-the-art of identifying the best comprehensive interventions for specific needs as well as create the approach for how to integrate these approaches to address what the individual needs at specific stages of development.