Youth Autism Services
(for youth under the age of 21)
Intensive Individual Support Services (IISS)
Intensive Individual Support Services (IISS) provides one-on-one staffing support in the home and/or community. IISS can focus on a variety of activities involving behavior management, community integration, social skills, sensory integration, and daily life skills that incorporate achievement of each participant’s personal goals.
The League believes that families should have a say in the individual hired to work with their child, and therefore we provide each family the opportunity to be involved in the hiring/selection process to ensure a good fit right from the start.
The Therapeutic Integration (TI) afterschool program offers participants a chance to explore recreation and to increase social skills in a group setting. With the help of trained staff and experienced professionals, participants spend up to four hours after school participating in activities related to arts & crafts, music and movement therapy, communication, social skills, swimming, and cooking classes. TI also emphasizes community integration by offering a variety of field trips throughout the year.
The League is proud to serve as a partner to families of children with autism spectrum disorders, providing resources for parents and individualized services to children using evidence-based strategies to accelerate learning and progress towards goals.
The League is a licensed provider of Autism Waiver Services. The Maryland State Autism Waiver is a state and federally funded program that provides home- and community-based instructional services for children with autism spectrum disorder. All activities are based on specific goals and objectives, developed jointly by parents/caregivers and The League’s team of professionals.
Specific Autism Services offered at The League include:
Family Consultation is a service designed to “bridge the gap” between strategies used by League staff and strategies used within the home. It has been proven that individuals with autism benefit from having consistency across various environments (school, home, and other providers), and Family Consultation can assist in this complex process. All of The League’s Family Consultants are Master’s Level clinicians, who can also provide referrals to appropriate community resources, advocacy, and guidance on a variety of other issues that can impact the family’s ability to meet the needs of their child, along with the entire family unit.
The League fully recognizes the stress that can fall on a parent/caregiver of a child with autism, and offers Respite Services designed to provide parents with a much-needed “break”. This program provides a professionally-trained staff member to care for the child while the family uses the time to run errands, enjoy a night out, take a vacation, or just relax.
A second way to utilize Respite through the Autism Waiver, is by participating in Camp Greentop, located in Thurmont, MD. Camp Greentop offers a traditional summer camp for kids and adults with disabilities as well as a Winter Camping programming.
To enroll in Youth Autism Services
Willie Smith Jr.
Director, Autism & Behavior Support Services
The primary funding source for Youth Autism Services is the Maryland Autism Waiver, but we also accept Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) funds, or Private Pay.
More about the Autism Waiver, LISS, and other helpful resources: