Autism Consortium Model

Our model of instruction for students with autism focuses on three separate goal areas: independent functioning, communication, and social interaction. We believe the path to these core goals rests on the development pf a strong individual education program for each student and a highly structured classroom environment that allows meeting individual needs within the classroom context.  The three areas of growth represent high-priority needs for all students with autism, from those being educated in self-contained special education environments to those included in general education setting. We believe that teachers must be trained in a wide variety of evidence –based strategies so they can develop programs that meet the individual needs of each student with whom they interact. In the area of independence, these strategies may include systematic instruction techniques, prompting and prompt fading, using independent work system, following visual schedules, using assistive technology. In the area of communication, these strategies may include using augmentative communication, milieu language teaching, pivotal response teaching, and environmental arrangement strategies. In the area of social interaction, these strategies may include direct instruction, peer models, and social stories.

The Consortium's Areas of Expertise

  • Classroom organization
  • Visual cueing
  • Functional assessment of behavior
  • Positive behavioral support
  • Communication strategies
  • Social skills instruction
  • Transition
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Curriculum development
  • Individualized education programs
  • Parent programming
  • System development
  • Collaborative teaming
  • Assessment of autism spectrum disorders
  • Inclusion models and strategies
  • Community-based instruction