Modifying a Home to Promote Independence and Healthy Lifestyles for People – 60 minutes

Living with people on the Autism Spectrum can be a stressful experience but it doesn’t always have to be. There are many areas in a home environment that can be adapted to make the home a happy home. A home where lifestyles are healthy and independence is nurtured. A home to work, play, learn and live in. Not only do children need to learn to adapt to the environment, but the environment also needs to be shaped- to stimulate or calm, provide order, encourage interests, talents, and successes and to give and maintain control to parents and caregivers. Areas addressed in this presentation include: space to eat, sleep, and work, color, clutter, visual/auditory/sensory input, home safety, elopement, attitude, and assistive technology devices that will support learning, playing and day to day living. Modifying a Home to Promote Independence and Healthy Lifestyles for People Handout

Stephanie Rauscher

Stephanie Rauscher


I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant for 40 years and have spent the last 36 years employed at Upstate Cerebral Palsy in Utica, NY. I presently work with developmentally disabled adults in a Day Habilitation setting, but have also worked with pre-school and school aged children. I provide PT services to the people we support, write justifications for wheelchairs and durable medical equipment, and am involved in accessibility for ICF’s, IRA’s, and self-direction homes. I have been an ATP for the last 10 years and have provided assessments for home modifications through a waiver grant and for individuals serviced by ACCESS-VR. In 2013, I developed a consulting business for home modifications and assistive technology needs for people with varying abilities called Dwell In Peace LLC.


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