Autism Spectrum Disorders Team Training
The University of South Dakota
To more efficiently and professionally meet the needs of individuals with autism and their families, the Center for Disabilities, Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, as part of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program, has developed a Team Training model to address the continued training needs within South Dakota. the model used by the Center allows families to receive the same training as their child's service providers, which has resulted in greater communication between agencies/schools and caregivers. Since generalization of learned skills is a very difficult component of the education of those with autism, this consistent and team-based approach has addressed that concern as well. in addition, involvement of trained family members in advocating for appropriate services and assisting with provision of services is expected to develop into a more systemic, consistent service plan which will result in fewer crises related incidents. Support to encourage duplication of the training will include the training materials and access to the trainers from throughout South Dakota. the purpose of this project is to first provide state-of-the-art information about ASDS to the focus student's service providers and family member(s) so that they may positively impact the developmental progress for the identified need areas of these students. Secondly, the team will be provided the necessary materials and supports to be able to duplicate this training to other teams in their district or region.