Mobile 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 Outreach Clinic for Autism (MOCA) to bring several of the services we currently provided in our clinic to rural and migrant communities throughout West Texas.
Services provided through our Mobile Outreach Clinic for Autism (MOCA)
Parent-implemented intervention (PII) focuses on intervention for children with autism in which parents are responsible for carrying out some or all of the intervention(s) with their own child. After initial assessment from our MOCA 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. Methods for training parents will vary from Behavior Skills Training (this includes modeling, coaching, or performance feedback) to working with parents individual needs based on discussion and data collected during training. Parents may be trained to implement various interventions based on the needs of their child. This may include, but is not limited to, communication, play, pre-vocational, such as self-help, and skills to decrease problem behavior. Once parents are trained and intervention has begun, determination for follow up services will be made with each family.
Group Trainings will be provided to rural areas who do not have access to high-quality training for families and caregivers. Partnerships with Education Service Centers throughout West Texas will allow for opportunities to partner with local school districts to provide full-day training to families and caregivers that will address basic behavioral needs that are sometimes seen among individuals with autism.
Mental Health Services
Diagnostics and Mental Health Support will be offered by a licensed mental health provider. Diagnostics will be available to families in the form of autism screenings, with the opportunity to be scheduled for a full evaluation if necessary. Psychoeducation about effective behavioral interventions that could be applied within the home, as well as topic-specific information about difficult subjects such as sexual health will also be available to families.
Families requiring addition treatment or training may qualify for Telehealth Services through our Mobile Outreach Clinic. Telehealth utilizes computers, mobile devices, and video 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.
Areas we serve
The THECB grant currently allows the MOCA to provide services to rural counties in the following Education Service Center regions:
- Region 9
- Region 14
- Region 15
- Region 16
- Region 17
- Region 18
- Region 19
For additional information about rural counties in these regions, visit the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.
Would you like the Mobile Outreach Clinic to visit your community?
If you reside in a rural area of West Texas and feel your community or a member of your community may benefit from our services, please fill out the contact form and a member of our Mobile Clinic team will reach out to you as soon as possible.
Services will begin March 2019
Data collected as part of the intake and assessment 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 clinic 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