Family Support Services
Family and Individual Support Services
The development of CSAAC’s Family and Individual Support Services (FISS)
facilitates the process of helping children with autism realize their
goals and dreams while remaining in their own home and community. The
supports are individually designed to foster independence in self-care,
communication, appropriate social participation, and accessing community
The CDC estimates that
1 in 88 children have autism.
FISS Technicians are committed to working with families to develop
working partnerships with parents and caretakers and offer support that
will ensure consistency in the implementation of functional based
programming. The goal is to coordinate various services and optimize the
independent functioning of the participant in his or her community.
Instead of having services abruptly removed when the child returns home,
the services are comprehensive and ongoing, and, therefore more
effective. These services also may provide the participant’s family a
break from their daily stresses. CSAAC strives to bring a holistic
approach to the development, enhancement, and support of both the child
and family through this array of Family and Individual Support Services.
Flexibility is central to the provision of services through FISS. A
specific, individually tailored treatment plan is created with each
child based upon his or her needs or level of functioning. This plan
addresses the behavioral, social, communication, and educational needs
of the individual served.
Individuals and their families may be referred for CSAAC’s FISS program
by a variety of professionals such as service coordinators, teachers or
CSAAC offers the following types of support services:
Individual Support. Services are provided in the child’s home or in the
community where they learn self-help skills and chores normally
practiced in the home.
Respite Care. CSAAC provides this service directly in the child’s home.
Parents do not have to present while their child receives structured
recreation with supervision, allowing them an opportunity to break
outside of the home.
Training. Family trainers create individualized treatment plans for
program participants. Trainers are master’s-level professionals in the
following disciplines and capacities—social work, special education,
speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, and licensed
counseling—and available to address any concerns parents may have.
To learn more about these services, or to receive an information packet,
contact Janet Burch at