Intensive Individual Support Services (IISS)
Intensive Individual Support Services technicians must have at least a high school diploma or GED and at least 100 hours of working with children with autism or other developmental disabilities to meet the minimum State requirements.
IISS technicians provide intensive, one-on-one supportive interventions to a child with autism. IISS is based on a treatment plan specifically individualized for the child. The treatment plan can involve the technician: preventing or diffusing crises, promoting developmental and social skills growth, providing the child with behavior management skills, giving the child a sense of security and safety, assisting the child with maintaining self-sufficiency and impulse control, improving the child's positive self-expression and interpersonal communication, improving the child's ability to function and cooperate in the home and community, reversing negative behaviors and attitudes, and fostering stabilization and structure.
Connect and Learn Services
While acting in the role of care-giver, a Respite Care Worker keeps a child safe. The worker must also understand the challenges of handling the possible crises that children with autism can experience. Respite Care is NOT guided by an individualized treatment plan in the way that IISS is guided. The primary goal of Respite is essentially to keep the child well-cared for in natural settings, and may include overnight stays in the child's home while the parents are away.
A Family Consultant is a professional with a certification or license in an Education, Mental Health, Speech or Occupational Therapy, or other Health-Related field who has the appropriate amount of experience providing training or consultation in Autism Spectrum Disorder. The "appropriate experience" is dependent upon the type of degree you hold.
A Family Consultant provides individualized, hands-on training to the child's family. The Family Consultant assists the family to help the child acquire, retain, or improve skills in a wide variety of areas that directly affect the participant's development and ability to reside as independently as possible, including communication skills.
Family Consultants scheduling is variable and dependent on the families needs.
The participant and the participants families develop an ALP treatment plan incorporating the principles of self-determination, person-centered planning, decision making, and planning for adulthood. The ALP Treatment Plan is based on the participants need for services and support after they age out of the MD Autism Waiver and leave school. They are designed to assist in the participants transition to necessary adult life services. ALP services are for participants age 16 years or older.