Autism Impairment Services

Autism Spectrum Disorders Support Team

The SESA Autism Support Team provides services to school districts throughout rural Alaska that serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Services are provided directly to teachers, paraprofessionals, and students at the schools, as well as by distance through e-mail, phone, and Skype/VTC. Our Autism Educational Specialists provide support to develop individualized and appropriate educational programs, implement evidence based interventions, and collaborate with school professionals and families to develop and maintain meaningful educational programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Early Signs of Autism

  • Lack of eye contact
  • Rarely smiles when approached by caregivers
  • Rarely imitates simple sounds or movements
  • Delayed or lack of babbling once the child is 6 months or older
  • Does not respond to his or her name consistently once the child is between the ages of 6 to 12 months of age
  • Lack of communication using gestures by 10 months of age
  • Does not seek attention from caregivers
  • Typically does not reach to be picked up
  • Delayed gross and/or fine motor development (i.e. crawling, reaching)

For more information, see:

Evidence Based Interventions for children with ASD:
Provided by: The National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders
This video will help you to navigate the Autism Internet Modules, a free online training resource that can help you learn about best practices in Autism intervention.

Services Provided by the Autism Specialist Team

Consultative Services - available for students referred to SESA:

The following are research-based practices as identified by National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders that SESA AI Specialists use and can provide supports in.

Trainings may be requested at:

Access to Autism Spectrum Disorder related information, equipment, and other resources are also available through SESA’s lending library.