Our Clinical Outreach Department offers on-site help to students age 3-21 experiencing behavioral challenges. Clinical Outreach also offers comprehensive programs that remediate the fundamental problems of autism. Flexible services include periodic or intensive follow-through assistance as students’ progress through their school systems.
- Academic planning and monitoring
- After-school activities
- Extended school year programs
A Sensible Process
For students with behavioral challenges, our clinicians:
- Meet with the student, school staff and parents to understand the student’s challenges and strengths
- Conduct a functional behavioral assessment
- Develop a behavior program that can be taught to classroom staff and parents, and then support its implementation
- Monitor progress
- Follow through to make any necessary modifications to the plan
In some situations, The Institute hires, trains and supervises classroom aides to carry out the behavioral support plan, with an additional goal of integrating the student into the academic and social aspects of the classroom. During team meetings with school staff and parents, IPPI staff serve as behavioral experts. They also facilitate communication between parents, who may be feeling the stress of their child’s difficulties, and school staff, whose resources may be stretched in trying to serve the child.
A Reliable Method Each plan The Institute helps create is based upon the behavior of that particular child and is tailored to be successful. IPPI clinicians are highly trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a proven, research-based method of helping individuals acquire new skills and change their behavior. This involves detailed observation of the student to gather data about behavior and determine how to alter both the environment and people’s interactions with the child to achieve positive, long-lasting change. Once an ABA plan is crafted, it can be taught to those who spend time with the child, including teachers, classroom aides, parents and family members, and others.
Facilitation of the Parent-School Relationship Parents and teachers make great progress when they are “on the same page” in implementing a behavior plan for the child. Schools often request – and parents appreciate – that The Institute’s clinicians can make home visits to help the parents carry out the behavior plan at home. This consistency between home and school is comforting to the child as well, and a key to the child’s achievements.
Contact: Peg Chaffee, M.Ed., BCBA
NH Clinical Director
Initial Intake Line
603.224.8085 Ext. 1820
NH Council on
Autism Spectrum Disorders