The District Autism Team was created to assess our district’s strengths and weaknesses related to serving students with autism and provide resources and training to staff, parents, and community members. In addition to these services, we have staff members who have been trained to use a multi-disciplinary team approach to make recommendations on placement, instructional needs, and intervention strategies that may benefit students on the autism spectrum (both those who are identified or who are suspected to be on the spectrum).
Our team is trained to identify instructional needs to meet a child’s communication, behavioral, sensory, academic, social, and adaptive needs and make recommendations for a successful classroom environment. We are able to support teachers in the development of accommodations and modifications for students with ASD and assist in the facilitation and development of an individualized action plan.
What Is An Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASD is a neurological disorder that affects how a person thinks, communicates, and interacts with others. In order for a person to be diagnosed with ASD, specific characteristics of impairment in social interaction, communication, and restricted or repetitive behaviors, interests, or activities must have occurred before the age of 3.It is important to know that ASD is a spectrum disorder which includes classic autism (more severe) to high functioning autism.
In 2014, the CDC estimates 1 in 68 affected by ASD and is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189) (CDC, 2014). Early intervention is key! If you know of a child who may need additional supports due to an autism spectrum diagnosis or who have display behaviors related to autism, or if you would simply like additional information about our district autism team, please contact the Special Education Office at 419-673-0775.
To make a referral for the Autism Team, please complete the following form. http://goo.gl/forms/aPxMQYmErV