ABA Training Program Receives Yaschik Foundation Award

Trident Academy has been selected to receive a $3,200 grant from the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation to help provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy Training for low- to moderate-income parents of children with autism in the Lowcountry. The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation was created to sustain both the secular and the Jewish values that the Yaschiks embraced and supported in their lifetimes and it awards grants to qualified charities that serve the greater Charleston area. The school is deeply grateful to the foundation for this opportunity to provide the best training possible so that participants will leave feeling supported and confident in applied behavior analysis practices.

ABA therapy is recognized as the most effective method in working with children with autism. The instruction includes an emphasis on functional communication; executive functioning; social skills training; school-readiness skills for transition; expressive, receptive and nonverbal language; independent living skills; behavior modification; academics; and joint attention. All participants in Trident Academy’s training program, which will be conducted by Board Certified Behavior Analyst Courtney Thames, will have the opportunity for practicum experience/volunteer work to practice their skills in our educational setting. Parents will learn how to write behavior and educational plans, implement behavior support strategies, use various assistive technology tools and apps, build and use de-escalation procedures. After training, participants will have access to our website for short refresher webinars.

Parents and family members who receive the training will learn how to effectively work with children with autism and, thereby, lessen familial tensions and frustrations from feelings of helplessness and improve family relationships. Funding for this training program has also been provided by the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank®. The training program is slated for the first week of August.

To learn more about the program and to register, visit our website.

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