Touchstone Health Services Family-Centered Autism Program (FCAP) provides integrated and comprehensive treatment services, in the natural environment, to children, and their families, affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.
The goal is improving the lives of both children with autism and their family members. This goal is achieved by focusing on functional skills with the use of evidence-based behavior analytic procedures, such as positive reinforcement to increase or decrease significant behaviors. The program emphasis is a family-based intervention protocol (Family Therapy) that centers on building family communication and developing relationships. We recognize the key role that parents/guardians play in a child’s development and encourage family involvement throughout treatment. When appropriate we take into consideration the Trans-generational trauma cycles and sensory sensitivity commonly observed among youths diagnosed with ASD. FCAP treatment services can involve a trauma-centered approach to helping youths build resiliency as they develop emotional self-regulation skills. Higher functioning youths and young adults on the spectrum will also learn how to take control of their behavioral and physical health through integrative behavioral health care.
Our team is comprised of Therapists and Social Skills Specialists to provide a well-rounded approach when caring for our program members and their families.
FCAP Therapists have various backgrounds, including trauma, sand tray, etc. They provide therapy services in the home, office or community setting. Therapists work with Members on various things, such as self-esteem, healthy relationship, communication skills, expressing emotions appropriately, social skills, etc.
FCAP Group takes place once a week for eight weeks total. FCAP currently has multiple curricula to best meet the client’s needs, which are offered at all Touchstone Health Services locations.
FCAP offers a workshop for siblings of children with special needs, with a focus on Autism. FCAP offers opportunities for siblings to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. This service is offered at our Main and Mesa campus.
Some of the objectives for our AuSome Siblings Workshop include:
Our Family-Centered Autism Program currently partners with six schools throughout the valley to work with youth on social skills in their natural setting. The child must be enrolled in any of the six schools in order to participate in this service. FCAP currently offers Playground Partners at the following schools: