The Community Coaching (CC) program of Include Autism is an inter-disciplinary, goal oriented, data driven program that provides individualized behavioral support and community access to children, teens and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. The program focuses on developing and generalizing skills and adaptive behaviors by utilizing evidence-based practices on an individual basis. The Community Coaching program addresses the individual social, communication, and behavioral deficits displayed by program participants. The CC program then teaches the skills needed to build reciprocal and meaningful social interactions and relationships through healthy, functional social skills and behaviors.
The Community Coaching program is run by a highly skilled, autism-specifically trained Behavior Coaching Team trained in Applied Behavior
Analysis (ABA) techniques. The Coaching team utilizes a variety of individual evidence-based practices that focus on teaching behavior self-management strategies, appropriate social skills, and adaptive transitioning skills to help program participants more independently navigate and be more actively included in their communities. CC program participants learn a variety of age-appropriate skills necessary to require less support and live as independently as possible. The Community Coaching program strives to teach Program Participants the skills needed for maximizing functional independence, social inclusion, and as a result, maximized self-reliance, quality of life, and happiness.
The overall goal of the Community Coaching ABA program is to facilitate socially significant behavioral change and effort to increase access to all environments relevant in the lives of all our program participants. This is a primary tenet of Applied Behavior Analysis.
• Focus on the individual, not the label
• Value and cultivate individual proficiencies, strengths, and interests; Reward the good stuff
• Maintain consistency and flexibility in programming in a variety of natural settings
• Recognize behavior is a communication choice and encourage appropriate choices
• Identify and address individual social behaviors and sensory issues to teach self-management skills
• Utilize a Team approach to provide an interdisciplinary, reciprocal learning experience for all
• Support social development and independence through building peer and community relationships and promoting inclusion
• Provide in socially significant behavioral change and in effort to increase access to all environments for our Program Participants
• Serve as a bridge between all significant environments: the home, school, and community.
The Community Coaching Center Program Participants are offered a multitude of community experiences and participation in activities that give them an opportunity to practice appropriate social interactions and behaviors (turn taking, hands-to-self/non aggressive behaviors, social norms and rules, engaging in interactive behaviors instead of “self-stimulating” behaviors, etc.) in natural settings. They also practice communication skills (verbal, sign, picture schedules, regulating volume, rate of speech, appropriate word choices, etc.), manners (using napkin and utensils, patience waiting for food, staying seated, ordering, etc.) and safety awareness skills in their own community. Participants are given opportunities to interact with peers both within the program and with typically developing peers that help them build confidence, self-awareness, and social independence in a variety of settings that are relevant in their own lives.