This service is designed to focus on skills that will increase your child’s communication, social, and play skills, as well as other independence skills. Habilitative Intervention is provided by individuals who have at a minimum a college degree, as well as meet the State of Idaho’s educational and experience requirements. Habilitative Interventionists use well known and highly regarded evidence based treatment such as Positive Behavioral Supports, Applied Behavioral Analysis, TEACCH, and other evidence based practices. Habilitative Intervention is used to:
•Diminish maladaptive behaviors;
•Develop life skills;
•Teach positive behaviors;
•Increase communication skills;
•And encourage and facilitate positive social interactions.
This service is designed to involve your child in his or her community and other natural environments. It may be that your child needs support while attending their gymnastics class, soccer practice, church activities, school extracurricular events, or while swimming at their local recreation center. Habilitative supports can be used to involve and support your child in improving their skills in:
•And participation in leisure and community activities.
Services are provided by a Habilitative Support Therapist that has completed training required by the State of Idaho and meets the State of Idaho’s qualifications. Additionally, AFI provides continual training and oversight to the staff person to ensure that your child is improving their skills in a fun, positive, and safe setting.
The AFI TEACCH program is an exciting opportunity for the children we serve. TEACCH is an evidence based intervention for children emphasizing individualized instruction while using structured teaching and visual schedules. Using a child's inherent strengths and interests, the AFI TEACCH Program focuses on skill development in communication, self-help skills, motor skills, cognitive skills, play skills, and socialization skills. TEACCH uses structured teaching and visual schedules to foster skill acquisition and flexibility in routines. The AFI TEACCH Program is offered in the Nampa Center location. TEACCH is available for children between the ages of 3 and 18. Please contact AFI Administrative Offices at 467-7524 to find out about specific times this program is available and whether this program would be appropriate for your child!
parent is the most challenging, yet rewarding, experience you will ever
have. Parents and families need skills
to get through each and every day.
Granted, your child may receive therapies for several hours each week,
but you are the one caring for your child each and every day for a majority of
the time. Family Training is direct
instruction provided to the family by a certified Habilitative Intervention
professional or Clinical Supervisor. The
staff person, family, and child work together to practice and teach skills
necessary to maximize learning and decrease challenging behaviors. Family Training allows the staff person and
the family to work together as a team to learn and practice the skills
necessary to better meet the needs of your child. This service is required by
the State of Idaho when your child is receiving Habilitative Intervention.
allows you to access general training in therapeutic interventions, advocacy
organizations and strategies, crisis intervention, specific disabilities, potty
training, sensory needs, behavior modification, nutritional needs and much
more. Family Education classes are offered in a small group setting at both our
Nampa and Boise locations. The goal of
family education is to give you reliable and accurate information about various
topics that may pertain to your child and their development. Family Education is provided by qualified
professionals from our community and AFI.
Please contact AFI Administrative Offices at 467-7524 to find out about
upcoming Family Education topics and schedule.
allows your child’s Habilitative Interventionist time to instruct and
collaborate with other staff, therapists, and health care providers involved
with your child. This service facilitates
consistency among service providers such as speech, occupational therapy,
physical therapy, personal-care services (PCS), counselors and school
providers. While your child is present,
the Habilitative Interventionist is able to facilitate training in:
•Health and medication monitoring;
•Positioning and transfer;
•Positive Behavior Support;
•And use of equipment.
Groups are forming NOW!
AFI offers both Habilitative Support groups. We are currently forming Habilitative Supports Groups for the summer. A group of three children of similar age join with one qualified staff person for fun and effective therapy.
Our HS Groups currently run for 15 hours per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If attending group therapy, our families are required to transport their child to AFI and pick them up from AFI. If you are unable to transport your child we can assist you in setting up transportation via a transport company.