SERVAM is a handbook for parents that teaches them strategies to develop their child’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical and creative skills in daily family life.

The authors of the handbook are from allied health professions including occupational therapy, speech therapy and special needs education. The SERVAM handbook claims that that this model provides a flexible framework that enables parents to balance their child’s specific learning needs with family life.

SERVAM borrows techniques from Special Education, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. This model does not replace the input of professionals, but aims to explain how research-based, practical strategies from these disciplines may be used to assist children with autism in everyday situations.

    • Supporting Evidence/ Likely treatment success
      • Some evidence exists to support some of the concepts in the handbook and the use of parents in therapy provision, however no studies have been undertaken to test the effectiveness of employing the strategies taught to parents in the handbook in the context of a therapy intervention.
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    • References

Number of participation hours required

Under 20 20+

Cost of intervention per week

$0-$30 $30 – $80 $80 – $100 $100 – $120 $120 +
The costs involved pertain to purchasing the handbook ($18/ chapter) or there are training sessions available (up to $1500 per training session – both online and face-to-face).

Home, Clinic, or both?

Home-based Clinic or centre-based Both or it doesn’t matter.
Possible pros of this intervention Possible cons of this intervention
Claims to provide a flexible framework for parents to balance their child’s specific learning needs with other family commitments.
Combines a range of strategies from a number of disciplines.
Does not replace the input of professionals or provide exclusive strategies for working with children with autism.