Partners in Autism considers safety the highest priority. We choose to train all of our Behavior Technicians in the most up to date behavioral management practices. We believe this can be done by keeping the focus on prevention while preserving the dignity of our clients.
Partners in Autism is proud to have certified Safety-Care trainers on staff!
What is Safety-Care?
Safety-Care™ provides the skills and competencies necessary to effectively prevent, minimize, and manage behavioral challenges with dignity, safety, and the possibility of change. Using the newest and most effective technologies from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS), this Safety-Care program provides staff with strategies for not only preventing and managing behavioral challenges, but also to effectively teach replacement behaviors. Appropriate for individuals experiencing developmental, neurologic, psychiatric and other impairments, Safety-Care results in fewer restraints and a more positive, reinforcement-based approach which leads to behavior modification over time. Safety-Care provides the tools needed to be safe when working with behaviorally-challenging individuals.
Core Principles of Safety-Care
- Respectful, humane, non-coercive interventions.
- Emphasis is on prevention over management.
- Evidence-based procedures are the basis of intervention. While the course material avoids jargon and is designed to be taught and used in a variety of contexts, the protocols in Safety-Care are based on procedures that have been validated in many studies as broadly effective. These include basic applications of functional assessment, differential reinforcement, antecedent management, functional communication training, and behavioral momentum.
- Positive reinforcement is embedded throughout the course.
- Effective staff training requires an evidence-based approach incorporating errorless teaching strategies whenever possible.
- A least restrictive approach requires a range of options. Staff learn a series of interventions that can be flexibly adapted to the specific circumstances in which they find themselves. Whenever an agitated individual demonstrates a decrease in agitation, staff learn to shape and reinforce that decrease by moving to a less restrictive intervention.
- Physical procedures are designed to be simple, effective, safe, and have minimal abuse potential.
- Restraint must be used only when there are no other safe options and must end as quickly as possible.
- Consistency in standards that reduce risk.