Autism Consortium Professional Development
The Autism Consortium provides professional development tailored to meet the needs and priorities of individual trainees. Programs are designed for:
- School districts
- Special and general educators
- Family members
- ABA trainers
- Mental health professional
- Occupational therapists
- Speech-language pathologists
- Behavior analysts
A variety or research-based formats are used to build knowledge and skills in paraprofessionals and professionals providing services and support to individuals with autism and their families. These activities include didactic workshops as well as job-embedded activities such as modeling and coaching in classrooms. The training programs include one –to five –day didactic workshops; train-the- trainer sessions; a monthly training series to meet the individual needs of a school district; family education programs; and month long training programs located on NSU’s.
A staff development program for the academic year can be tailored to the needs of the school district. The focus on the training is typically for working with students with autism, but the strategies are beneficial for all students, with and without disabilities. Typically, training is offered on-site one time per month with consultation provided throughout the year to help staff members implement what they have learned. This has proven to be an effective model of training since is offers an ongoing relationship with staff members and allow them time to try strategies and bring feedback and questions back to the consultants/trainers. Contact us for sample model agendas.
The Demonstration Classroom
The demonstration classroom is a hand-on training and consultation model in which the consultants spend one week in a self-contained classroom for students with autism or with multiple disabilities. The consultants work with the classroom staff to develop the classroom schedule, physical space, and staff member zoning plan. They work as a team to develop classroom materials, teaching programs for each student, and data collection systems. On the fourth day of the week, the consultants run the classroom to model a variety of teaching strategies demonstrated on the previous day. Monthly follow-up is typically provided to continue to develop the classroom as a model training site for the school district.
Periodic training series are offered to a district based on the individual district’s training needs. Trainings may be one day to one week in length and typically consists of didactic training followed by consultation within the district.