Services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder or Pervasive Developmental Disorder 

PRS, Inc. provides skills training and behavioral supports to individuals over the age of 18 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, including persons formerly diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder, and those who have co-occurring mental health disorders. We help individuals develop and improve social and communication skills, promote community integration, facilitate independent living, pursue educational and employment goals.

Employment Services for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders 

PRS provides Supported Employment Services to persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders seeking competitive employment. Services provided include community-based work adjustment training and assessments, job development, interview preparation and practice, and on-the-job coaching. Individuals may also receive skills training around basic independent living skills, including managing a budget and organizational skills for housing stability, all of which are essential to employment.

Positive Behavioral Support Facilitators (PBSF) are available and may be funded by the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services and/or private pay. Services include:

  • Intake assessment to determine service needs as well as the feasibility of using Therapeutic Behavior Services
  • Comprehensive Functional Behavior Assessment to identify target behaviors and assess the need for environmental modifications and adjustments in the work place
  • Written Behavior Support plan, including ongoing evaluation and revision as needed
  • Development and facilitation of a Behavior Support Team (when a team is not already in place)
  • Training for the individual, support team members and relevant service providers in behavioral approaches that increase positive/adaptive behaviors and enhance an individuals’ ability to function independently and successfully in the workplace.

Strategies for ensuring active participation:
Services include person-centered planning processes to ensure consumer participation and collaboration with treatment team members, including other service providers, family members and significant others as appropriate.

Outcomes expected for consumers and methods to assess effectiveness of services:
Outcomes will be based on the reasons for referral and determined by collaboration with the treatment team and consumer. Effectiveness will be assessed through regular consultation and feedback with the consumer, DRS counselor and other treatment team members.

Community Support Services for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders 

PRS, Inc. Community Support Services offer skill teaching/behavioral supports to increase independence and improve quality of life. Community Support Specialists work with clients to develop and practice social and interpersonal skills, improve communication skills, identify opportunities for social interaction and increase community integration. Community Support Specialists provide skill teaching and reinforcement to assist individuals with developing independent living skills in the areas of budgeting, household chores, grooming and hygiene, time management and organizational skills, among others. The focus of skills building and behavioral interventions is to help individuals prepare for and be successful with increasing independent living skills. Community Support Specialists also provide assistance in addressing issues related to sensory integration, social anxiety and transitioning to work or post-secondary education.

Recovery Academy for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders 

PRS’ Recovery Academy is available to persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders at PRS Mt. Vernon and at PRS Tysons. Based on the structure of a community college, the Recovery Academy is designed to promote transition from PRS’ facility-based programming and into meaningful community alternatives such as work, volunteering and school. The course catalog includes over 50 class offerings, such as Anger Management, Anxiety Management, Basic Computer Skills, Coping Skills, Job Talk, Nutrition, Thinking Skills for Work, Money Management, Social Skills I & II and Stress Management. Suggested Study Tracks focus client efforts toward particular goals, such as Employment/Volunteering, Substance Abuse Recovery, Independent Living and Getting Healthy. Transition Services to assist clients in working toward goals of volunteering, community-based education or employment, and Dual-diagnosis Services can be accessed at the Recovery Academy.