Centre Based Services or Home Based?
Which is best and better for my child?
Centre Based Services First then moving into occasional Home-Based Services…
Family and Guardians of children with ASD often face the dilemma of whether to seek Centre-Based sessions or Home-Based sessions. At Autism21, one of our most important principles is that our clients can make educated and informed decisions. With that in mind, we would like to share what scientific research has to say about home and Centre-Based sessions, as well as our experiences in the matter when treating children with our Autism Programmes.
A well-controlled research conducted by behavioural researchers (Roberts J. et al., 2011), examined the treatment outcomes for children diagnosed with autism who participated in Centre-Based programs or Home-Based programs. Treatment outcome measures included: social and communication skill development in the children, quality of life and stress for parents. Results from the study showed that children in the Centre-Based programmes improved the most in social & communication skill development. Furthermore, parents of the children in the Centre-Based program reported the most gains in “perception of competence & quality of life.” Researchers concluded that, if possible, Centre-Based treatment was the preferred option for children with autism (Roberts et al., 2011).
While there may be multiple factors affecting the results in the study, our experiences at Autism21 have led us to draw a few conclusions: Centre-based treatment allows the Behaviour Analyst, to minimize or alleviate many variables that may prove very difficult to control in a home environment. This may include phone device, toys, pets, and even reliance on caregivers causing unnecessary distractions that hamper a child’s development. In a Centre, a Behaviour Consultant can control events that would otherwise be distracting in a home setting, and in some cases, use those events to bring about effective changes in your child’s behaviour.
Upon mastering the acquired skills at the Centre, an individual must be able to demonstrate the ability to perform his/her mastered skills in multiple environment settings. (E.g. different classrooms, furniture or adult/peer to eliminate rigidities) Alternating between home sessions will then be suggested at this juncture to simulate outside classroom learning. Positive, beneficial changes migrating from centre to home learning will also allow the parent to focus on maintaining the acquired skill at home, as many will forget skill if unattended.
Another key benefit of bringing your child to Centre session is exposing child to a wide selection of toys and learning materials apart from your home collection, the simulated structured environment can uncover potential creativity and nurture interest within an individual. Imparting the skill of respecting and selecting one toy to play each time of common property, keeping the toy after play before engaging the second item seems easy but requires educating with patience.
At Autism21, we believe that keeping you informed and up-to-date on your child’s progress will also give you the confidence to handle the day-to-day challenges that you may face in meeting your child’s needs inside the home. This is done with communication of Telegram app.