Mobile and Telehealth Outreach Clinic for Autism
The Burkhart Center was recently awarded a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) that will allow for the creation of the Mobile and Telehealth Outreach Clinic for Autism (M-TOCA) to bring several of the services we currently provide in our clinic to the entire state of Texas.
Services provided through our Mobile and Telehealth Outreach Clinic for Autism (M-TOCA)
Families who reside in Texas requiring additional treatment or training may qualify for Telehealth services through our Mobile Outreach Clinic. Telehealth utilizes computers, mobile devices, and videos to connect clients to our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and clinic staff at the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research in Lubbock, TX in order to receive additional training and treatment. The convenience of this service will help families that have no specialist in their area or limited availability to travel due to work.
Parent-implemented intervention (PII) focuses on treatment for children of any age with autism in which parents are responsible for carrying out some or all the intervention(s) with their own child. After initial enrollment from our M-TOCA team, if PII is determined to be a need, parents will be trained by professionals one-on-one or in group formats in-home and/or community settings. A detailed assessment will be conducted for each child based on proximity to Lubbock.
The evaluation may be conducted either in person for families who live within a 2-hour radius from Lubbock (see map below). Methods for training parents will vary from Behavior Skills Training (this includes modeling, coaching, and performance feedback) to working with parent's individual needs based on discussion and data collected during training. Once the face-to-face assessment has occurred, clinic staff will work with caregivers to schedule follow up telehealth sessions so that they may be trained to implement various interventions based on the needs of their child. This may include, but is not limited to, skill acquisition in social-communication, play, pre-vocational, self-help, and methods to decrease problem behavior. Once parents are trained and intervention has begun, determination for follow-up services will be made with each family.
For families farther than a 2-hour radius from Lubbock, PII will be provided via telehealth with our BCBAs and clinic staff. Determination of needs and programming will be similar to the services provided via the mobile clinic but with no face-to-face visits.
For Texas families who live within the 2-hour radius of Lubbock, services will be provided via the Mobile Clinic. For families outside of the radius, all services will be provided via telehealth only.
Parent Training Workshops
Parent training workshops will be provided to all regional educational service centers (ESCs) who do not have access to high-quality training for families and caregivers. Partnerships with ESCs throughout Texas will allow for opportunities to partner with local school districts to provide full-day training to families and caregivers to address basic behavioral needs that are sometimes observed among individuals with autism.
Areas We Serve
The THECB grant currently allows M-TOCA to provide services to ALL areas of Texas.
Services will begin November 2022
If you would like to sign up for services, click the link below:
Data collected as part of the intake, assessment, and intervention components of the services provided to you and your child will provide information to possibly be used for research purposes. If you choose not to include your information as part of the research component of our project, you can still receive services through our program, but we will exclude your information from statistical analysis and retroactive records review. For more information about your data and how it will be used, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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