SOESD / Learning Matters / Newsletter Archive / March 2008 / Programs, Personnel, and Placement:
Programs, Personnel, and Placement
The Regional ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Consultant was called to a local high school on behalf of a student presenting safety and compliance problems. This was the young manís first experience at a high school. His teachers had struggled to find ways to keep him in class and keep him on campus.
The ASD Consultant pulled the IEP team together to complete a behavior assessment. The behavior assessment identified environmental triggers, sensory issues, dietary changes, and safety zones related to the studentís unsafe and noncompliant behaviors. Knowing about those factors helped the team members anticipate things that could result in behavioral problems, allowing the team to make adjustments in the studentís schedule and expected learning outcomes as well as ensure that plans were in place to address behaviors when they occurred.
Additionally, changes in staff members, adapted curriculum, and visual supports for curriculum, behavior, and activity breaks were put in place. The ASD Consultant modeled and coached staff through the behaviors and strategies. Currently the student attends a lengthened day, remains in assigned areas, and remains on campus. He recently started a job in the school cafeteria with minimal supports. The student now looks forward to attending school, seeing his teachers, and completing his job.
Without the help and support of the ASD Consultant, provided through SOESDís Regional Program, the student and his IEP team might not be experiencing such success.