Sidekicks DCF Individual Support ServicesSidekicks provides Individual Support Services through PerformCare and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.
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Individual Support Services assists youth with acquiring, retaining, improving and generalizing the behavioral, self-help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to function successfully in the home and community.
Individual support services are behavioral, self-care and habilitative related tasks performed and/or supervised by Sidekicks staff in a youth’s family home, the home of a relative or in other community-based settings, in accordance with approved treatment plans.
These supports include behavioral supports and training, adaptive skill development, assistance with activities of daily living, and community inclusion that assist the youth to reside in the most integrated setting appropriate to his/her needs.
These services will support the acquisition, generalization and maintenance of goal attainment in home and community settings; build on adaptive functioning skills and pragmatic communication skills. The service will focus primarily on the use of Positive Behavioral Supports; instruction in activities of daily living tasks such as, eating, toileting, grooming, dressing, bathing, and transferring; and instruction in instrumental activities of daily living which includes, but is not limited to, meal planning and preparation, managing finances, shopping for food, clothing, and other essential items, performing essential household chores, communicating by phone or other media, and traveling around and participating in the community.
- Positive Behavior Support (PBS) accomplishes the following:
• Understand why the behavior is happening
• Teach the individual how to act more appropriately
• Improve the individual’s quality of life.
- PBS combines the assessment and intervention strategies of ABA with the social values of personal choice, independence, community integration, systems change, and quality of life. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are defined as needed skills related to daily self-care activities within an individual's place of residence, in outdoor environments, or both. Basic ADLs (BADLs) skill building (all ages): BADLs consist of self-care tasks, including, but not limited to:
• Bathing and showering
• Personal hygiene and grooming (including washing hair and brushing teeth)
• Toilet hygiene
- Instrumental ADLs skill building (age 16 and over): Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) are not necessary for fundamental functioning, but they enable an individual to live independently in a community and include, but are not limited to:
• Managing money
• Shopping for groceries or clothing
• Use of telephone or other form of communication
• Using technology (as applicable)
• Transportation within the community
These services are provided as part of an approved individualized in-home service plan and encompass a variety of behavioral intervention supports and services.