Autism eLearning Training for Babysitters, Caregivers and Respite Workers Now Available

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The training, from the Institute for Behavioral Training, provides an overview of autism and introduces effective strategies when providing care.

“Families need reliable caregivers who really understand autism,” said Cecilia H. Knight, director of IBT.

The Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) today announced its online training titled, Caring for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders – Practical Tips for a Successful Intervention, is now available for caregivers, babysitters and respite workers who work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The training provides information on ASD and practical tips for caring for children, teens and adults on the spectrum. The training, which comes with a printable manual, also provides helpful advice on how to check the environment for potential hazards, how to be proactive with any problem behaviors that may arise, guidelines for working in homes, preparing for emergencies and more. The training is available by visiting:

“Families need reliable caregivers who really understand autism,” said Cecilia H. Knight, director of IBT. “Many families can’t find trained staff to provide care to their child or adult with ASD. Our training introduces caregivers to autism and reviews relevant topics such as safety, planning appropriate activities, and behavior management. We want every sitter or respite worker to be better equipped to serve families impacted by ASD.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement on March 27, 2014, autism impacts one in 68 children, with one in 47 boys diagnosed. Unfortunately, methods of appropriate caregiving strategies for the growing population are not always available, which is why awareness and proper training are crucial. The new training is one of many online eLearning courses from IBT that helps parents, practitioners, educators, first responders and more understand autism and how to best work with individuals diagnosed. IBT has trained over 5,000 people worldwide since 2013.

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 autism spectrum disorder (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. For more information, visit

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