Autism Services

Assistive Technology and Communication Supports
Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is present throughout the Autism Program’s classrooms.  Supervisors and teachers work closely with our Speech and Language Consultant, Occupational Therapy Consultant, and Assistive Technology Coordinator to ensure that students’ needs are addressed.  For example, we provide students with AT tools such as: touch screen computers, modified seating, picture/written or electronic (e.g., tablet) schedules for transitions, and AAC systems (e.g., picture exchange, electronic devices, modified or standard American Sign Language).  

Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behavior
For students who demonstrate interfering or unsafe behavior, we assess why the behavior occurs so that an ethical, effective treatment plan can be developed.  The treatment plan typically includes teaching replacement behaviors, blocking and redirection, planned ignoring, and fading environmental modifications over time.  Interventions include daily data collection to support data-based decision making and evaluation of the intervention.

Related Services Model

An intensive consultation model is employed for speech/language and occupational therapy.  This model promotes generalization of skills and consistent implementation of recommendations throughout the day. Consultation services include observation, assessment, teacher training, program recommendations, and monitoring of recommendations.  Related service consultants also program for activities such as cooking and vocational groups or PE/fitness groups to further develop language and motor skills.

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