Who Will Benefit:
This program is designed for students who are already behavioral intervention and ASMC, and thus, is in addition to the hours they are spending at the center. The aim of the Part-Time Home Program is to ensure generalization of skills and also to impart skills suited to the home environment, such as- self-help, independent leisure skills, etc.
How It Works:
In the first month of the program, the Center Director and the Project Coordinator will conduct 3 home visits for 3 hours each to assess learning environment at home, identify IEP targets and train parents/family members/caregivers who will be involved in the child’s program. After the first month, if the child receives 5-10 hours weekly home intervention, then the Program Coordinator will visit for 3 hours per month to train parents/caregivers and update IEP targets. If the child receives 10-20 hours weekly training, the Programme Coordinator will visit for 3 hours twice every month to do the same. The Center Director will also visit the child’s home every 3 months to assess progress and assign goals for the next 3 months.
The number of skills that can be included in the IEP at home will depend on the number of hours of intervention per week and the student’s pace of learning. For example, with 5-10 hours of weekly home intervention, some children may require repeated practice, and thus can be taught 5-7 skills at a time. When a child progresses quickly through skills or has increased learning hours, the number of skills taught will also increase.
Teaching is on a 1:1 basis and will be conducted by a parent/caregiver or a hired trainer. Teaching methods will depend on the skills being taught, however, full training will be provided to the trainer so that they are implemented correctly. Children will be taught through fun activities and their interests and motivations will be taken into consideration.