Interventions for ASD Subcommittee
Comprehensive information sharing tools. The focus of this project is to create one or more standardized forms capturing important information that needs to be shared among service providers. The purposes for gathering such information in one place are to tailor services to an individual’s unique characteristics and to coordinate services when an individual moves from one service professional to another.
Comprehensive intervention standards and planning tool. One focus of this project is to create standards for the package of interventions, services, and supports that should be available to all children and adults by virtue of their autism identification and their individualized need. The other is to create a planning tool designed to ensure that all areas of need are identified and addressed.
Why is this needed? Currently, service providers focus mainly on what they themselves know and what they understand their organizations are willing or able to provide. They often lack important information that is known to other service providers and may not get this information from families or the individuals themselves. This splintered view creates a hit or miss situation, in which providers often assume that someone else is going to assess for and address issues that they can’t or don’t believe they should do. Meanwhile, families and individuals may be left without services that could significantly improve the individuals’ outcomes.
Suggested members. Family members, autistic adults, clinical and school psychologists, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, autism specialists and consultants employed by educational agencies, special educators, and behavior analysts.