About the Work Group on Autism Research and Training

Challenging Behaviors

There are many ways to address challenging behaviors. If those behaviors are occurring in the school setting or if your child is very young, the child's early intervention or early childhood education team can include this on the IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan) or the IEP (Individual Education Plan). Most school districts have an autism/behavior specialist who can work directly with your child and/or as a consultant to your child’s education team. If those behaviors are occurring at home, you may want to work with a behavior therapist covered by your insurance plan, Medicaid (if your child is eligible), or self-pay. Each state has a variety of providers that you can contact; to find a board certified behavior analyst in your area, search www.bacb.com (search: consumer information then certificant registry)

CCDH Services at KU Medical Center

The following services are offered through the CCHD to help families manage disruptive behaviors in children with developmenal disabilities:
  1. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children ages 2-7
  2. Development and Implementaion of an individual behavior intervention plan
www.kumc.edu/cchd or call 913-588-0329.

Kansas Institute of Positive Behavior Supports (KIPBS)
Services covered by Medicaid or self-pay: 785-864-4096 www.kipbs.org

Early Childhood Autism Project (ECAP)
Services covered by Medicaid or self-pay: 785-865-5520 ext. 320

Parsons State Hospital and Training Center for Dual Diagnosis Treatment & Training Services
Services through Parsons are requested by your local CDDO (see Kansas Community Developmental Disability Organizations)

Regional Center for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities
(see Missouri Department of Mental Health Regional Centers)

Social Skills Development

People who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have an impaired ability to develop social skills. They may not naturally understand such things as:

  • Facial expressions
  • Gestures
  • Body language
  • Tone of voice
  • Interpersonal skills

Direct instruction, peer modeling, and practice in a variety of settings can be a very helpful part of a treatment plan. Teach appropriate social skills while participating in normal daily activities. Typically developing children may serve as peer models.

Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD) at KUMC Social Skills Training
Girls Night Out -
Social group for teens with developmental disabilities. Frequency of groups and age range will be based on current demand for services. For information regarding eithr group call 913-588-5590, visit our website ww.kumc.edu/cchd or contact rjamison@kumc.edu.

Kansas Autism Center for Research and Training (K-CART)
Offers training for service providers and school district personnel for implementation of social skills for ASD.  Information can be found at http://kcart.ku.edu/autism_training/

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