In-home training (IHT) is designed to assist students in generalizing life skills learned at school to the home and/or community. It is intended to promote and maintain the skills a student has learned at school within the home/community environment. This is a collaborative approach between school and home (family) to allow the opportunity for students to participate more fully within the community.
IHT is a related service that trains both students and parents so that skills will be maintained when the trainer is not present in the home or community. Training techniques may include: modeling skills with the student, parents, and extended family members; the creation and implementation of a home behavior plan; and suggestions as to how the home environment may be altered to assist the student. IEP goals and objectives are written for in-home training and should address the critical areas identified by the assessment.
Parent training (PT) is designed to assist parents with skills necessary for a student to succeed in the home/community setting. It is also utilized to facilitate parental carryover of in-home training in order to promote continuity of interventions across all settings.
Examples of parent training and viable alternatives of support include, but are not limited to:
- District-wide parent group meetings
- Classroom observations (following district guidelines)
- Viewing videos
- Distribution of brochures and other information on autism
- Group training in areas of concern common to other parents of children with ASD
- Conferences with teachers or trainers (in person, telephone, writing)
- Access to parent training through community resources
- Parent Support groups