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OCCK Credentialed to provide Autism Waiver Services

OCCK is now credentialed to provide Autism Waiver (ages 0-5) and State Plan (ages 0-21) services! Service area coverage is the following counties: Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marion, McPherson, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa, Republic, Rice, Saline and Washington.

The Autism Waiver service includes Parent Support and Training (Peer to Peer). This service provides support, coaching, and training to family members to increase their ability to provide a safe and supportive environment in the home and community for the child aged 0-5. We offer assistance in gaining knowledge and skills necessary to understand and address the specific needs of the child. We can also help families identify and use healthy coping strategies to decrease caregiver strain, improve relationships with family, peers and community members and increase social supports, as well as develop the family’s specific problem-solving skills, coping mechanisms, and strategies for the child’s symptom and behavior management. Finally, we can provide information on supportive resources in the community.

The Autism State Plan service includes Applied Behavioral Analysis (also known as ABA) therapy under an Autism Specialist and support staff. ABA is a type of therapy that can improve social, communication and learning skills through positive reinforcement. Working

with the Autism Specialist means focusing on improving behavioral challenges related to the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We can teach skills to help the family and paid support staff or other professionals with meeting the needs of the child with ASD. The autism specialist assesses the child and family’s strengths and needs, develops the Individual Behavior Plan/Plan of Care (IBP/POC), coordinates services, provides training and technical assistance, and monitors the child’s progress within the program. Support staff assist in acquiring, retaining, improving, and generalizing skills needed to successfully function in their home and community under supervision of Autism Specialist.

We are excited to support families with Autism services. To learn more about these services please contact Kristen Rangel, Autism Specialist, at 785-827-9383 or email krangel@occk.com.