ADULT AUTISM SERVICES

Choice Empowers provides services through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs Bureau Of Autism Services Adult Autism Waiver

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SPECIALIZED SKILL DEVELOPMENT (SSD)

Specialized Skill Development (SSD) is used to address challenges participants may have because of limited social skills, perseverative behaviors, rigid thinking, difficulty interpreting cues in the natural environment, limited communication skills, impaired sensory systems, or other reasons. SSD uses specialized interventions to increase adaptive skills for greater independence, enhance community participation, increase self-sufficiency and replace or modify challenging behaviors. The intent of SSD is also to reduce the need for direct personal assistance by improving the participant’s capacity to perform tasks independently. Supports focus on positive behavior strategies that incorporate a proactive understanding of behavior and skill-building, not aversive or punishment strategies. Services are based on individually-tailored plans developed by people with expertise in behavioral supports and independent living skills development.

THREE LEVELS OF SUPPORTS ARE INCLUDED: 

A. Behavioral Specialist Services (BSS)
BSS provides specialized interventions that assist a participant to increase adaptive behaviors to replace or modify challenging behaviors of a disruptive or destructive nature that prevent or interfere with the participant’s inclusion in home and family life or community life.

B. Systematic Skill Building (SSB)
SSB uses evidence-based methods to help the participant acquire skills that promote independence and integration into the community, which are not behavioral in focus.

C. Community Support
Community Support assists participants in acquiring, retaining, and improving communication, socialization, self-direction, self-help, and other adaptive skills necessary to reside in the community. Community Support facilitates social interaction; use of natural supports and typical community services available to all people; and participation in education and volunteer activities. Community Support includes activities that improve capacity to perform activities of daily living (i.e., bathing, dressing, eating, mobility, and using the toilet) and instrumental activities of daily living (i.e., communication, survival skills, cooking, housework, shopping, money management, time management, and use of transportation). Community Support may include personal assistance in completing activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living as an incidental component. Community Support must be necessary to achieve the expected goals and objectives identified in the participant’s ISP.

IN HOME RESPITE

In Home Respite provides planned or emergency short-term relief to a participant’s unpaid caregiver when the caregiver is temporarily unavailable to provide supports due to non-routine circumstances. Respite may be provided in general public community settings such as parks, libraries, museums, and stores. Respite may be provided either in or out of the participant’s home. Respite services facilitate the participant’s social interaction, use of natural supports and typical community services available to all people, and participation in volunteer activities. This service includes activities to improve the participant’s capacity to perform activities of daily living (i.e., bathing, dressing, eating, mobility, and using the toilet) and instrumental activities of daily living (i.e., communication, survival skills, cooking, housework, shopping, money management, time management, and use of transportation). Respite includes on-site modeling of behavior, behavior support, intensive behavior episode intervention, training, cueing, and/or supervision.

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