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MPK Provides Much Needed Training To Teachers Who Work With Students With Autism

February 15, 2010: MP is the best resources available to give teachers and parents comprehensive, easy to understand strategies for dealing with autistic students in the classroom. This program has allowed parents and staff to work TOGETHER to better serve our students

According to the latest estimates from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, autism affects 1 in 110 children in the United States today. Unfortunately, public school systems and private schools around the country are quickly discovering that their staff do not completely understand how to best work with these students. School districts simply lack the funding, resources and time to effectively train every member of the school that interacts with a child with autism. and the Maximum Potential Group seek to help schools in their search for affordable ABA training. ABA therapy, or Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, has been recognized as one of the best educational strategies for children with autism. According to the executive director of the Princeton Child Development Institute, ABA therapy is the only system that has systematically documented effectiveness. This means that ABA therapy is an ideal option for schools that are seeking an effective educational method for children with autism.

Garrett Butch, founder of Maximum Potential, sees the challenges that schools face on a daily basis. Butch is the parent of a child with autism and his main goal is to have everyone who interacts with his son Collin, have some type of training. By having ABA training, he knows that each school staff member will have a positive effect on Collin throughout the school day. By understanding the principles behind Applied Behavior Analysis, school personnel will be able to learn what reinforcers work well with Collin and can diffuse negative behavior, as well as effectively teach him new skills. Unfortunately, far too many school systems do not have the resources to provide this type of training to their staff.

The video based training that Maximum Potential provides offers schools with a number of advantages. The program taught by two PhD BCBA-D's with 25 years of experience in schools, allow districts to train their staff at an affordable rate. Each teacher is also able to re-watch the courses so that they can retain and refresh the information that they have learned. Staff does not have to leave campus, therefore alleviating the cost of travel and substitute teachers. Individuals can use the the program to train an individual or the training can be provided in a group setting, which facilitates conversation and fosters ideas to help each child.

In addition, the program can be an effective way for schools to train parents. This provides a family with the means to continue the therapeutic methods that ABA provides their child. Many families with autistic children do not live near a trained therapist nor do they have the funds to send their child to hours of therapy per week. Through the courses provided by Maximum Potential, families are able to learn and understand the methods behind ABA training and work with their child throughout the day.

For more information on how your school can take advantage of the ABA training opportunities offered by Maximum Potential, visit, email or call 1-800-707-2293.

About Maximum Potential
Founded in 2007, Maximum Potential is developing programs to help families of children with autism to provide affordable therapy options. The company has created courses, products and individual support strategies to be used in the home and school. Users learn useful techniques that they can then utilize throughout the day. The company's courses are being used by families in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, England, Ireland, Japan, Pakistan, Holland, Australia and China.

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