Institute for Behavioral Training and Project HOPE Foundation Partner to Provide Training Resources to Parents of Children with Autism

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The resources include parent training workshops across South Carolina and online tools for parents and caregivers that offer in-depth training on autism.

Placing appropriate training in the hands of parents is an important first step, and partnering with Project HOPE Foundation offers a great opportunity to provide much-needed resources to parents,” said Cecilia H. Knight, director of IBT.

Project HOPE Foundation and Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) today announced a partnership to provide training resources to South Carolina parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are waiting for therapy services. Project HOPE Foundation has been serving the South Carolina autism community for almost 20 years. IBT has trained over 5,000 people across the U.S. and other countries since 2013. The training resources include parent training workshops across the state as well as online tools that provide parents and caregivers with in-depth training on ASD, applied behavior analysis (ABA), behavior management techniques, and other important topics.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement on March 27, 2014, autism impacts one in 68 children and one in 42 boys. Rates of autism in South Carolina are consistent with these statistics. The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) indicates that there are over 1,200 families waiting for services for their children diagnosed with ASD. Project HOPE Foundation and the Institute for Behavioral Training were awarded a $125,000 DDSN training grant to provide training for South Carolina families that are waiting.

"At Hope Reach we frequently impress upon our staff two principles: ABA changes lives and every moment counts,” says Mark Knight, director of HOPE Reach, a program of Project HOPE Foundation. “Through this grant and the partnership with IBT, we will help empower hundreds of families waiting for services to capture teaching opportunities and experience the benefits of ABA."

“When a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, parents are often desperate to have more information and to get started with treatment. We want to provide interim assistance for families that will hopefully make a big impact for them,” said Cecilia H. Knight, director of IBT. “Placing appropriate training in the hands of parents is an important first step, and partnering with Project HOPE Foundation offers a great opportunity to provide much-needed resources to parents through an organization that is already doing great work here.”

Project HOPE Foundation and IBT will host eight parent training workshops across the state of South Carolina in 2015. The first event will take place in Spartanburg on April 30, 2015, at the Mary Black Foundation (downtown Spartanburg) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The second event will take place on May 11, 2015 in Aiken, South Carolina. Additional events will take place in Charleston, Greenwood, Columbia, Florence, Clemson and Greenville. Project HOPE staff will be on site to provide in-person training to parents on ASD, behavior management techniques, ABA and other topics. IBT staff will be on site to provide free access to its popular Parent eLearning program, allowing parents to continue their training at home, at their own pace. Families will also be able to access Skills®, the leading online assessment and curriculum utilized by autism treatment centers worldwide (, as well as a recently published book on evidence-based treatment for individuals with ASD.

Eligible parents should attend the training event that is most convenient for them. For registration and more information about the events, please visit the Project HOPE Foundation website at or call Project HOPE Foundation at 864-476-7400; parents can also visit the IBT website at

About Project HOPE Foundation: Project HOPE Foundation provides a lifespan of services to the autism community through nine programs. These programs serve individuals of all ages across the autism spectrum. The range of services includes family support, ABA therapy, educational classrooms, training, social groups and adult employment. Project HOPE Foundation has provided services as a nonprofit since 1997. For more information, visit

About the Institute for Behavioral Training: IBT is considered the one-stop training hub for individuals at all levels who interact with, teach, care for and treat individuals with ASD and other developmental disorders. IBT’s programs educate students, parents, professionals and caregivers on evidence-based techniques using applied behavior analysis (ABA), so they can maximize progress when working with any individual.

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