The curriculum for HANDS in Autism® is based upon evidence-based strategies and practices appropriate and effective for individuals across the lifespan and with a range of neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders. Information, education and training are provided by an interdisciplinary staff and applicable at the individual, organizational, and community levels of service and training.
HANDS in Autism® Training Model
Development of the model
Though HANDS in Autism® sponsors a number of educational and outreach opportunities throughout the year, including series such as the Make It Take It workshops and Next Steps seminars, a primary focus of the HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center continues to be the continued development and evolution of an innovative training model. The HANDS in Autism training model was founded on the belief that training should:
- focus on student strengths
- provide for comprehensive training
- focus on educational processes from assessment to goal development
- provide for blending of strategies based in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and evidence-based practices
- hands-on work with students with an autism spectrum disorder
The training model incorporates strategies supported by the literature and involving the presentation of initial information in didactic format followed by trainer modeling, trainee practice, trainer feedback, and coaching and mentoring.
The HANDS program is currently expanding the training model by facilitating the development of collaborative classrooms in existing special education classroom milieus in local districts. These collaborative classrooms follow the same practices and principles inherent in HANDS missions and philosophy of training and intervention and facilitate programming that increases local capacity to educate and train professionals while also building bridges across community systems (e.g., education, medical, home).