THE NEED FOR A FAMILY FOCUS IN AUTISM SERVICES
More than ever families are being called upon to actively participate in the intervention process for their child with autism. There is strong empirical support that parent involvement in Applied Behavior Analytic intervention leads to better child and family outcomes. Unfortunately, families raising a child with autism are often contending with mental health issues that extend beyond the scope of Applied Behavior Analysis.
There is emerging evidence to suggest that families raising a child with autism are at greater risk for experiencing elevated levels of stress, social isolation, maternal depression, marital discord, as well as sibling and parent-child conflicts. If not resolved these mental health issues can undermine parents’ ability to effectively participate in the intervention process and prevent Applied Behavior Analytic interventions from producing their intended benefits.
In response to this need the Center for Autism Understanding, Support & Education, Inc. (CAUSE) was established. As a non-profit organization, CAUSE serves as a training site where mental health trainees and interns can develop specialization in the treatment of children with autism and their families in order to promote well integrated multidisciplinary services (e.g., ABA, Mental Health services). CAUSE has established partnerships with ABA providers, local universities, school districts, regional centers, and parent groups through which this charitable purpose is to be achieved conducting clinical and research activities.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
CAUSE Mental Health Services include addressing the following particular areas of need among individuals with autism and their families: More Info »