The HANDS in Autism® Model Training Curriculum, Framework, and Process is time- and research-tested across diverse trainings of educators, medical professionals, first responders, community providers, and families/caregivers. It promotes shared awareness and understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the scientifically or evidence-based practice standards that support individuals with ASD and families in reaching their potential within the community.
The training curriculum is visually represented by the HOUSE. Integrated into the Model framework are foundational areas, that are core to the full Model and surround the HOUSE. Five primary curricular areas, or “units,” reflect the behavioral and educational practices and processes, which are essential in supporting the independence and successful integration of individuals with ASD.
Our trainees follows a standard process in which the curriculum components within the HOUSE framework are systematically trained using common methods such as demonstration, practice, feedback, coaching and mentoring. The progress is assessed based upon specific criteria. Once criteria are met for all modules in the unit, the next unit of the HOUSE curriculum is introduced. However, the progression between units is not linear, and can go back and forth as conditions change. For example, if new students are added to a classroom, staff members change, or certain skills or strategies lose effectiveness, previously mastered topics may be revisited or bolstered.