Autism Impairment Services

Autism Spectrum Disorders

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 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 fine motor development (i.e. crawling, reaching)

Evidence Based Interventions for children with ASD:
Provided by: The National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Antecedent Based Interventions
  • Computer-Aided Instruction
  • Differential Reinforcement
  • Discrete Trial Training
  • Extinction
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Functional Communication Training
  • Naturalistic Intervention
  • Parent Implemented Intervention
  • Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention
  • Picture Exchange Communication System
  • Pivotal Response Training
  • Prompting
  • Reinforcement
  • Response Interruption/Redirection
  • Self-management
  • Social Narratives
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Speech Generating Devices
  • Structured Work Systems
  • Task Analysis
  • Time Delay
  • Video Modeling
  • Visual Supports

Services Provided by the Autism Specialist Team

Student Specific:

  • Communication skills development
  • Positive Behavioral Support
  • Social Skills development
  • Behavior Support Plan development
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Curriculum modification and accommodations
  • Individualized interventions specific to the child

Trainings for Professionals and Paraprofessionals working with students with ASD:

  • Autism Awareness
  • Learners with ASD in general education classrooms
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Teaching strategies for learners with ASD
  • Curriculum modification
  • Prompting strategies
  • Building social skills
  • Examining the functions of behavior for students with ASD
  • Individualized topics as needed

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