Itinerant Autism Consultation
A CESA 6 Autism Consultant makes direct contact with an identified student and school team on a regular, itinerant basis. The amount, frequency, and duration are determined by the student’s IEP team, based on each his/her individual needs (can range from weekly to quarterly consultative services).

Time / Effort Autism Consultations
This support service is contracted by school districts on a time and effort basis. Time and effort autism consultations typically include observation of the student with autism spectrum disorder in the school environment, and subsequent consultation provided to the school team and parents regarding any or all of the following.

     •    Understanding of the features and characteristics of ASD in relation to the behaviors exhibited by the child.

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Proactive support strategies to address and modify challenging behaviors in relation to the features and characteristics of ASD.

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Suggestions for IEP goals and objectives.

Autism Evaluations
Evaluations to determine if a child meets the DPI eligibility criteria for an educational impairment of autism are conducted by members of our autism team. As our state does not have licensure or certification in the area of autism, DPI has determined that a person who has “recent and extensive experience and training” in the area of ASD must be included as part of the evaluation team when considering eligibility criteria for autism. All of our CESA 6 autism consultants more than meet this criteria. DPI has defined six areas that must be considered in making this determination. There are not standardized tests that can be given to a child to make this eligibility criteria determination, as with other disability areas. Therefore, eligibility for an educational impairment of autism is determined based on how the child presents with regard to the six areas identified by DPI. An educational evaluation generally involves direct observation of the child in various contexts; direct interaction with the child; information related to the child gathered from others; review of records; and possible use of various autism rating scales as an additional information gathering tool. Our autism team members are also available upon request for independent educational evaluations.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshops, Trainings, and In-services
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The CESA 6 autism consultants/trainers are available to provide trainings specifically designed to meet the needs of individual school districts, related to any aspect of ASD, including but not limited to:  Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (foundation workshop); Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome (foundation workshop); Instructional Support Strategies for ASD; Social Relation Skills and Strategies for Asperger’s Syndrome; Visual Support Strategies Make-and-Take; Sensory Processing Differences in ASD; Assessment and IEP Development for Students with ASD: and Applications of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training for ASD as well as child specific information if requested.

Trainings can encompass a variety of timeframes, from several hours to multiday. District audiences can include:

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All district staff in-services/trainings

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School specific staff in-services/trainings

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Special education staff in-services/trainings

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Student specific team in-services/trainings

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Support personnel in-services/trainings

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Bus driver trainings

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Peer in-services/sensitivity trainings


For more information about this service contact:
Susan Stokes
Coordinator, Autism Program
sstokes@cesa6.org