Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Programs Division

Parent Home Training

The Autism Programs Parent Home Training (PHT) program is a no-cost, short-term educational program funded by the NM Department of Health. Families learn to help their child develop and gain new skills through individualized in-home consultation. The PHT approach is guided by the belief that parents are the best and most natural teachers of their young children. Working within the strengths of the current parent-child relationship, PHT consultants help caregivers integrate research-based techniques into daily interactions with their children. Thus, PHT is not a direct therapy program and instead a program to teach families skills for promoting development long after the consultant has left the home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive services?
Any family of a child under the age of six (6) with a medical diagnosis or educational eligibility of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Who provides services?
Services are provided by trained consultants with a range of backgrounds including education, behavior analysis, psychology, social work, and speech-language pathology.

How long are services provided for?
Services are short term and the program usually lasts 3-4 months. The number of sessions each family receives varies.

What is the cost?
Services are provided at no cost for families.

What geographical regions are served?
PHT services are available in every county and corner of New Mexico. Consultants travel the state to provide in-home services. When requested, telehealth and phone call consultations may be used in some cases.

What topics are addressed in training?
Individualized goals are set in consultation with your consultant based upon families’ needs. Common topics include:
Understanding Autism
Accessing Resources in NM
Increasing Communication
Building Social Skills
Improving Transitions
Tackling Toilet Training
Addressing Problem Behaviors and Meltdowns

In what languages are services available?
The PHT program employs both English and Spanish speaking therapists. Interpreter services can also be requested.

For information about Parent Home Training call (505) 272-4725 or 1-800-270-1861.