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The University of Iowa
Regional Autism Services Program
Child Health Specialty Clinic

Technical Assistance Description

Modeling consultation from the Regional Autism Services Program Office

Also consultant at Iowa Department of Education
Bureau of Children, Family, and Community Services
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, IA

 

Description and preparation:

There are times when building level staff and Area Education Agency team members including the parent are still asking questions relative to appropriate programming and services for an individual. Building staff serving children and youth with autism spectrum disorders cannot be expected to have a specific expertise in the area of autism to respond to all concerns that may develop. The local AEA Autism Resource Team, trained in autism issues and programming, may be called upon to provide consultation and other services to meet the needs of those planning for the instructional program to meet the needs of the individual with autism spectrum disorders. There are times when this Autism Resource Team, building level staff, or the parents request additional collaboration with the state consultant in Regional Autism Services Program. To request this outside consultation please follow the steps below:

1. Share specific programming questions (5) from the building level team and parents of an individual with autism spectrum disorders with (Autism Resource Team and/or) Autism Services Program.

2. Provide specific individualís IEP and pertinent background information from records with appropriate releases, and, if needed, share a short video tape sampling of current curriculum, management, skill level, etc. in use.

3. Autism Services Consultant will schedule an ICN event to connect local school people (including pertinent AEA and Autism Resource Team staff) to discuss solution focused strategies addressing the specific programming questions. The local school or AEA team will need to secure approval to reimburse ICN transmission ($8.10/hour) and room fees (up to $12.50/hour) for this activity.

Consultation received: General suggestions, background information, and resource links are often content requested to respond to programming questions during the ICN time. Follow-up feedback to all team members present will be solicited in written form approximately two months after the ICN event.

 

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