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Autism Spectrum Services

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PREP provides a variety of consultative services to students identified with an autism spectrum disorder across the nine school districts in our region:  Charlottesville City, Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Rappahannock County Public Schools.

What are Autism Spectrum Consultative Services?

PREP Autism Spectrum Consultative Services are designed to improve a student's academic, social, communication and/or behavior performance in an educational setting.  Students who are referred for support have autism spectrum related needs that impede the student's school performance.

Who delivers Autism Spectrum Consultative Services?

PREP employs three autism spectrum consultants and one autism spectrum program specialist to provide autism spectrum consultative services.

What type of services are available?

Diagnostic Support

  • Observations for eligibility and/or IEP process upon request
  • Recommendations of appropriate diagnostic tools for assessment
  • Provide tests and protocols from our diagnostic library
  • Collaboration on administering, scoring and interpreting the ADOS assessment

Structured Teaching classroom design and set up

  • Detailed assessment of student needs
  • Assistance with creating physical boundaries including teacher and independent work stations
  • Assistance with creating individual student schedules
  • Assistance with creating individual student work systems
  • Assistance with creating individual student academic and non-academic work tasks
  • Creation of visual supports
  • Weekly classroom development coaching
  • Training and consultation as needed

Team Collaboration

Attend meetings for IEP, SBIT, RTI, FBA/BIP, Child Study, MDR and individualized meetings upon request

In-Home Support as requested by school division

  • Parent consultation regarding educational overlap to home
  • Create visual supports and/or behavior plans to support the educational overlap at home

Training

  • Regional training to all divisions with slots allotted based on regional participation (CEU's offered)
  • Local training to individual school divisions, school faculties and smaller teams, as requested
  • Parent training through the Parent Resource Center or as requested at school site by school divisions

Training Topics

  • Autism:  Educational Strategies That Work (Structured Teaching principles) - course
  • Teaching Strategies for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities including Autism - 5 hour
  • Positive Behavior Supports - 5 hour
  • Social Narratives - 1 hour
  • Social Skills for Executive Function - 1 hour
  • About ADHD/Autism Spectrum Disorders - 1 hour
  • How to Support Students with autism spectrum disorders in general education settings - 1 hour
  • Intensive hands on Structured Teaching methods - week long summer course
  • MANDT Training - 2 day course

How does a student qualify to receive Autism service?
A teacher's request of support for a student with autism spectrum related needs initiates contact between the teacher and consultant, resulting in a visit from a consultant. The consultant assesses the situation to determine what specific intervention(s) might produce positive results depending upon the specific issue(s) presented by the student.

The student's principal, special education director or parent can request autism specturm consultative services, as well.