EPIC offers a variety of support systems to educate parents and maximize the potential for success in the home.
Clinic meetings are held and parents are strongly encouraged to attend. During clinic meetings, parents have the opportunity to observe a variety of skills their child is learning and the procedures used to teach those skills. Parents are also asked to present stimuli to their children in the same manner as the instructors. Parents may also be asked to monitor their child’s progress during the meeting as training for when certain skills may be displayed at home.
Parents are encouraged to come to school and observe their child in their classroom environment. Contrary to the monthly clinic meetings which are held in a separate room, the classroom observations occur in the same room(s) that the learners spend their day. During this time, parents have the opportunity to see how skills are taught and ask the behavior analysts any questions that may arise during their visit.
Clinical staff provides workshops designed to educate parents on topics that are applicable to their daily lives. Some topics may range from registering children with the Department of Developmental Disabilities to incorporating your child with autism into the family activities, among many others. The workshops are held at EPIC and provide an opportunity for parents to share ideas with each other as well as acquire knowledge on topics they are not familiar with.
At EPIC, we understand our learners do not stop having difficulties when they leave the school and that long-term success is dependent on consistency between the school and home. In order to promote generalization and maximize success, EPIC provides home consultation to parents and families to provide them with the skills necessary to maintain and enhance what is learned at school.
Family consultation includes:
- Home visits by one or more EPIC staff members to train parents and caregivers
- Support and guidance addressing challenging behavior
- Training and support to generalize skills from school to home
- Workshops designed to educate and inform families
- Programs designed by EPIC and run by families to maximize family inclusion