Bridging for Success in Autism: Training and Collaboration Across Community Systems
Based upon basic premises of long-term practice and research, the HANDS (Helping Answer Needs by Developing Specialists) in Autism® Model Training Curriculum and Framework was developed in 2004. It was noted that professionals would benefit most from an active learning process that would allow them to better comprehend and envision the application of EBPs thus increasing the feasibility and ability to apply, maintain and generalize information to their natural settings for individuals with ASD and related disabilities. The specific curriculum content and delivery of the HANDS in Autism® Model is novel in its approach with recognition that no single intervention or strategy is equally effective with all individuals, and personnel require a “toolbox” approach to intervention. As such, the Model adheres to a comprehensive set of strategies with solid empirical support. The HANDS in Autism® Model adheres to a progressive, systematic approach to training the curriculum, framework, and process to increase the likelihood that strategies will be adopted, utilized and integrated into practice. This presentation will introduce the HANDS Model, the variety of applications, outcomes, and lessons learned as well as the resources available to support application across schools and other community practice settings and contexts.
Presented at the 2021 Michigan Autism Conference
Dr.Swiezy specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), staff and caregiver training, and behavioral assessment and treatment of autism spectrum and related disorders as well as global systems change and implementation efforts. Dr. Swiezy has served on a number of hospital, community, state, and federal boards and committees. She presents and publishes widely in the area of autism and the development of the center she founded and directs, the HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center. She provides center and community-based consultation and direct services locally and globally and facilitates stakeholders for collective impact at community and state levels. With growing prevalence of autism spectrum and related disorders (ASD), Dr. Swiezy has been committed to the evolution of the HANDS in Autism® framework, curriculum and training model that aims to: 1) facilitate development of local capacity in implementation of evidence based practices; 2) bridge of local capacity in implementation of evidence-based practices; 2) bridge multiple stakeholders across varied environments (i.e., educational, medical, home, community); and 3) mentor a range of care and service providers in data- driven strategies to support individuals with ASD and related disorders in achieving their full potential.