The Life Span Institute Autism Training Program: Parent Support and Training Provider

Service Overview

Program Information

The Parent Support and Training Provider position is designed to provide the training and support necessary to ensure engagement and active participation of the family in the treatment process and with the ongoing implementation and reinforcement of skills learned throughout the treatment process. Support and training is provided to family members to increase their ability to provide a safe and supportive environment in the home and community for the child. This involves assisting the family with the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to understand and address the specific needs of the child in relation to their autism spectrum disorder and treatment and development and enhancement of the family’s specific problem-solving skills, coping mechanisms, and strategies for the child's symptom/behavior management.

Children with Autism require much more family involvement in their development, learning of skills, and general functioning than for typical children. Because of these increased demands, it is important for parents to be an integral part of the child’s Individualized Behavioral Program (IBP). Thus, Parent Support and Training Providers need to be familiar with the procedures and terms used by professionals and consultants in order to better assist parents, and relieve stress for family members.

Training for Parent Support and Training Providers consists of two (2) components; online informational tutorials and a 3-hour workshop. Each component is outlined below:

(1) Online Tutorials/Interactive Lecture

Pre-Post Assessments: Training modules have been developed and piloted with over 100 individuals working with families to provide language and early skill development for children and youth with autism (Heitzman-Powell & Buzhardt, 2005). The modules require approximately 20 hours of participation with learning evaluated using pre-post assessments. Each online training module should be completed prior to coming in for Skill Fluency/Clinic Training.  Each module will then be covered in an interactive classroom session.

Tutorial I: Autism & Treatment
Tutorial II: Defining and Observing Behaviors
Tutorial III: Principles of Behavior
Tutorial IV: Stimulus Control
Tutorial V: Effective Teaching Strategies
Tutorial VI: Decreasing Behaviors: Antecedent Control
Tutorial VII: Decreasing Behaviors Using Consequences
Tutorial VIII: Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans
Tutorial IX: Teaching Social-Communication Skills with Typical Peers
Tutorial X: Pulling It All Together

(2) Workshop (3 hours)

During this workshop Parent Support and Training providers receive additional instruction on how to help parents learn about the characteristics of autism, procedures for skill-building and behavior management, and how to follow the treatment plan.

Weeks 1-2
Online Workshops



Week 1

Week 2



1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Online Modules & Quizzes

Classroom Training:

Overview of Autism

Decreasing Problem Behavior

Case Management:
Maintaining Records & Identification of Community Resources