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 Disorders (ASDs). Services are provided directly to teachers, paraprofessionals, and students at the schools, as well as by distance through e-mail, phone, and Skype/VTC. Autism specialists on the team 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.

ELIGIBILITY FOR SESA’S AUTISM SUPPORT SERVICES
The Autism Support Program serves students in the following state disability categories: (For specific requirements of each, please view the Evaluation and Eligibility section of the Alaska Special Education Handbook.)

  • Autism (including Asperger’s Syndrome)
  • Early Childhood Developmental Delay (with a concurrent diagnosis of autism provided by a physician or psychologist)
  • Other Health Impairment (with a concurrent diagnosis of PDD-NOS or Asperger’s Syndrome provided by a physician or psychologist)

SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE AUTISM SUPPORT TEAM

  1. Student-specific consultation in the areas of:
    • Communication skills development
    • Positive behavioral support
    • Social skills development
    • Instructional strategies
    • Curriculum modification and accommodations
    • Other individualized interventions as needed
  2. Site-, district-, and regional-based in-service training for professionals and paraprofessionals working with students having autism or Asperger’s Syndrome in the areas of:
    • Autism awareness
    • Including learners with autism in general education classrooms
    • Positive behavioral support and functional assessment
    • Teaching strategies for learners with autism
    • Curriculum modification
    • Other topics as needed
  3. Assistance to site and district personnel in securing autism-related information, equipment, and other resources through access to SESA’s lending library.