Services 1: SCHOOL RELATED STAFF TRAINING(S)
This service includes an autism related training program based on the educational needs of a school or school district. Just as a single learning approach cannot meet the needs of every child, training topics and programs must be individualized to meet the needs of school staff. This means taking into consideration different interests, topic relevance, and levels of current expertise. Therefore, this service includes a pre-training consultation to determine a school’s individual needs, target audience, desired outcomes, and objectives from the training.
Training sessions can vary from a single informative/ hands-on presentation, to an ongoing workshop based on the needs of the organization.
The goal of this service is to empower other professionals with the tools to gain a deeper understanding of autism spectrum disorders, and to meet students’ developmental, social and behavioral needs to maximize independence and success within a school setting.
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Services 2. PROGRAM CONSULTATION/ STAFF SUPPORT
This service includes assessment and troubleshooting, goal setting, staff training, program set up, implementation and monitoring. The frequency and duration of these services can be identified between the therapist and the teacher, school, or school district based on individual needs. The goal of this service is to empower other professionals with the tools to meet student’s developmental, social, and behavioral needs to maximize independence and success.
Services 3. PARENT TRAININGS
All educators and school administrators are well aware that for optimal learning outcomes, learning must continue at the home as well. Training parents, families, and family friends to work effectively with their child with autism spectrum disorders is a great way to help the learning process carry over from school to the home setting.
These sorts of parent trainings are (understandably) often difficult for schools to provide, considering the large emphasis on ensuring students are receiving the services and education needed throughout the school day. Often parents would like support and more information regarding how they can best support their child at home, and carry over the work that is done within the school setting, but don’t know where to start.
The goal of this training is to educate parents who would like to learn more about autism spectrum disorders, specific strategies that can be used to support their child(ren) at home; and to also empower families to carry over what is done at school into the home setting as well.
Teacher, School, and School District Related Services
RESEARCH SHOWS THAT...................Research shows that the key to student progress and teacher retention includes high quality teacher professional development and continuous training. The most effective ways to implement professional development have been found to include hands-on coaching, reflective supervision, mentoring, high quality trainings (look up what else!).