Hands-On Family Empowerment Courses

Hands-On Family Empowerment Courses supplement therapy and are offered year-round in More Than Words, DIRFloortime®, Sensory Processing, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

These Hands-On Family Empowerment Courses are for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and foster parents who are caregivers of children with an autism diagnosis up to eight years of age. Each session is personalized to fit the specific needs of the child and family. Because courses are one-on-one and involve hands-on learning, all Hands-On Family Empowerment Courses are be held at Autism Community Network.

 

 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Hands-On Family Empowerment Course

Caregivers of children with autism enrolled in an ABA therapy program now have the opportunity to learn ABA techniques they can apply at home. 

Families enrolled in the course will be empowered with the tools and strategies to:

Time: The individual training sessions will be 1 hour per week for 8 weeks during ACN office hours on Monday through Friday.

Trainer: One of ACN’s certified behavior analysts (BCBA-D/BCBA/BCaBA) will work with you and your child

Pre-Training Session:

One additional group session without the child at ACN. This group session is free.

Cost: Session price is calculated on a sliding fee scale based on family income.

$40 (full price) to $10 (families on Medicaid).

Call Adriana at (210) 435-1000 for more information.

DIRFloortime® Hands-On Family Empowerment Course

DIRFloortime® is both a developmental paradigm and a therapeutic technique developed by Child Psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan. The DIRFloortime® Model is founded upon the understanding that development occurs within the context of the caregiver-child relationship. It focuses upon the individual ways that children experience the world around them and upon their capacities to self-regulate, to share attention, to be reciprocal and to explore and learn!

Parents and Caregivers in the DIRFloortime® Hands-On Family Empowerment Course will learn:

When: The first 3-hour caregiver training will be in a group format. Subsequent classes will done individually on a weekly basis.

Therapist: Carrie Alvarado, OTR, Ph.D.(c), DIRFloortime® Expert Provider and Training Leader

Cost: 3-hour group training is free. If you are unable to attend the 3-hours group training, an individual training will be on a sliding scale fee (see below). Individual follow up sessions will be on a sliding fee scale based on family income—$40 (full price) to $10 (families on Medicaid).

Email Carrie at Carrie@acn-sa.org or call (210) 435-1000 for more information.

More Than Words Hands-On Family Empowerment Course

More Than Words® provides parents and caregivers of young children with autism or social communication difficulties with practical tools to help their children communicate. This unique program was developed by expert speech-language pathologists at The Hanen Centre and is offered around the world by Hanen Certified Speech-Language Pathologists. Visit hanen.org for more information. This course is also offered in Spanish.

Parents and Caregivers in the More Than Words® Hands-On Family Empowerment Course will learn:

Time: The hands-on parenting course will take place over 12 weeks. Weekly classes will be done in group-format, with individual recorded sessions taking place in the home every fourth week.

Therapist: Marie A. Wilson, MS, CCC-SLP, Hanen-Certified in More Than Words®

Cost: Individual and group sessions will be on a sliding-scale fee based on family income—$40 (full price) to $10 (families on Medicaid)

Email Toni at Toni@acn-sa.org or call (210) 435-1000 for more information.

 

Sensory Processing Hands-On Family Empowerment Course

Sensory Integration is the process of taking in sensory information from our environment and using it in a functional manner. When our sensory systems do not process this information appropriately we may see problems in other areas. This course helps family caregivers develop better sensory integration for the child.

Families enrolled in this Hands-On Family Empowerment Course will be empowered with the tools and strategies to:

When: The first 3-hour Hands-On Parenting Courses will be in a group format. Subsequent classes will done individually on a weekly basis.

Therapist: Adrienne Gaither, OTR, C-SIPT

Cost: 3-hour group training is free.

If you are unable to attend the 3-hours group training, an individual training will be on a sliding scale fee (see below). Individual follow up sessions will be on a sliding fee scale based on family income—$40 (full price) to $10 (families on Medicaid).

Email Adrienne at Adrienne@acn-sa.org or call (210) 435-1000 for more information.

NOTE: Your child will not be counted absent from school with a valid note provided after each session.