With nearly one in 50 school-age children diagnosed with some form of autism, the need for education and resources for children and families with the disorder is great. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, part of the Center for Health Policy and Research at Commonwealth Medicine, has developed an online course to help parents learn and understand behavioral intervention, an evidence-based program designed to help people with autism.
A story in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette features this new course, called Discovering Behavioral Intervention, and includes quotes from Elaine Gabovitch, an instructor at the Shriver Center and the parent of an autistic teenager, and Maura Buckley, the program manager and the parent of two autistic children.
Discovering Behavioral Intervention aims to help families through the diagnosis of autism, and discusses how to manage behavior, how parents get involved in the care of their child, working with professionals in the home, and understanding the legal rights of a parent with a child with an autism diagnosis. It is a subsctiption-based course, with monthly, quaerterly and annual options available.
The course and more information is available at udiscovering.org.