Our Focus is on Children!
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. ASD interferes with the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Individuals with ASD have difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication, social interaction, and play or leisure activities. The disorder makes it hard to communicate which may lead to difficult or unusual behaviors and poor relationships with other children and/or adults. Individuals with ASD may have repeated body movements (hand flapping, rocking), unusual responses to sensations (dislike of loud noises, touch sensitivity), unusual attachments to objects, and they may resist changes in routines.
To qualify for regional services as a student with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a child/student must meet eligibility criteria as outlined in the Oregon State requirements. An eligibility evaluation will include
- Interview with Parents and Teachers
- Behavioral observations
- Direct interactions with the child/student
- Standardized assessment for ASD
- A communication assessment
- Medical statement
- An assessment to determine educational impact
Consultation and Training
Support is provided to the educational team on a variety of topics including
- IEP/IFSP development
- Curriculum adaptation
- Environmental modifications
- Communication development
- Social skills
- Self-Advocacy skills development
- Vocational/career skills development
- Daily living skills
A variety of workshop opportunities are provided including topics directly related to understanding Autism, appropriate instructional strategies, and behavioral support options. District teams and Regional Autism Specialists work together to access training needs and prioritize topics. Guest speakers are available to support identified areas of concern.
Consortium Autism Spectrum Disorder Services
State supported regional Autism Spectrum Disorder Services are limited to consultation, and training activities as a related service on the IEP/IFSP. When additional, or evaluation services are needed, or direct instructional support is needed, districts may request contracted consortium services funded by individual school districts.