Caring for a child with autism can challenge and, at times, overwhelm, a family. The Maryland Autism Waiver provides invaluable support for families affected by autism.
The Maryland State Autism Waiver is a state- and federally-funded program that provides home-and community-based instructional services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The waiver was designed to help keep your child safe at home and in their community, improve the lives of your family members, and provide quality services that enable your child to develop independence, build skills, and reduce negative behaviors.
At Trellis, we focus on what’s clinically best for each child, in addition to what will have the most positive effect on the family dynamic. We never compromise our mission and include every staff member for each client in monthly meetings, reinforcing our team approach.
To date, Trellis has provided services to more than 200 families through the Autism Waiver. Our curriculum uses motivation-based learning to build skills and address the individualized needs of every child.
Trellis is committed to providing Autism Waiver services using a team model, in which families and professionals work closely to develop and implement effective treatment plans to accelerate the progress of each learner. Our staff participates in professional development, team assessment, and treatment planning meetings, along with specific training in instructor intervention strategies. We offer the following services as part of Maryland Autism Waiver:
Family counseling provides ongoing support to caregivers and serves as a vital part of each treatment plan. In fact, we consider it essential to the overall success of the program. Goals are developed for each family based on their individual needs. They can include guidance on specific teaching strategies, behavioral techniques, and interventions, or more general information on issues related to autism and your child’s learning style and development.
Intensive Individual Support Services (IISS) & Respite Services
IISS is a one-on-one (1:1) goal-directed service designed to facilitate your child’s individual goals in their home and community setting. Goals are based on an ongoing assessment of skills regarding communication, play, daily living, recreation, and adaptive behavior. Instructors receive onsite training and ongoing direction from a supervisor.
Afterschool/Therapeutic Integration (TI)
As part of our Autism Waiver services, we designed the Therapeutic Integration (TI) Afterschool program to provide learners ages 10 to 21 with the maximum amount of opportunities to develop social skills in a group setting.
Our small client-to-staff ratio (3:1) allows participants to develop physical, mental, social, and functional abilities in a safe and nurturing environment. We use fun, interactive, and structured group activities to promote the expansion of play and leisure skills. This can include art, music, dance, yoga, cooking, and social skills. Children are grouped with peers and remain active and engaged for the duration of the time they attend.
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