The vision of the Educational Outreach Program (EOP) at Marcus Autism Center is to bridge contemporary research in the neuroscience of social emotional engagement with practical applications in the classroom. Our focus is on creating a positive learning climate where social emotional learning competencies are embedded within a universal design for learning framework.
We educate and inspire entire school communities by building sustainable change within community-based educational systems.
Training is provided to district and school personnel so that sustainable leadership and coaching teams are developed. These teams will ultimately deliver trainings and serve as mentors for school-based personnel and families.
These mechanisms enable a school system to develop internal capacity for serving children with autism and other developmental disabilities, while at the same time reducing the cost of longer-term reliance on external expertise. As the content of our trainings is based upon research in the neurodevelopment of social competence in children with and without vulnerabilities, accommodations can also be integrated into universal designs for learning that benefit the entire student population.
Contact Emily Rubin, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P., Director of the Educational Outreach Program, for more information.
The Marcus Autism Center Infant Toddler Community Outreach program works to build capacity of community systems to better screen and detect, and provide supports and services to infants and toddlers at risk for autism and their families.
Our coaching and training model for providers is community viable, bridging the gap between science and community practice. It is intended to empower early childhood and Part C providers with the knowledge and skills needed to coach caregivers on supports and strategies to enhance their child’s early communication skills and social development. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide children at risk for autism with a sustainable system of support in order to achieve optimal developmental outcomes.
The Infant Toddler Community Outreach program also participates in community-based participatory research studies to help build the capacity of community service providers to recognize the early signs of autism in order to connect children to early intervention services to have the greatest impact on child and family outcomes. Web-based training to enhance the ability of members of community systems that serve young children, such as primary care practices, early care and learning programs, and faith-based organizations, improves the chances of children with autism being identified early and connected with trained early intervention providers.
Early detection and intervention are crucial and can change the course of a child’s life. By empowering staff working directly in homes, day cares, schools, medical offices, and any other early childhood settings, we will give all children the chance they need to maximize their potential.
Contact Dr. Jennifer Stapel-Wax, Director of the Infant Toddler Community Outreach program, for more information.
The Marcus Autism Center School Consultation program provides consultation, direct assistance and training for school systems to better serve children with behavior disorders, especially those diagnosed with autism and related disorders. School consultants provide a variety of behavioral analysis services within the school setting aimed at both increasing students’ appropriate skills and decreasing problem behaviors.
In addition to consultation services, direct assessments, treatments for problem behaviors and other educational needs, school consultants also provide training to school staff members about many educational and behavioral topics. This training will increase the capacity of the school staff to improve services for children with disabilities.
Consultation services are not directly provided to a student, but these services are provided to teachers and other school staff to help guide their classroom services. Consultation includes:
By consulting with school officials, our staff helps teachers and administrators design intervention strategies for students that take each school’s resources into account, developing case-specific solutions to complex problems that can be further applied to other students.
These services are provided in school systems with a consultant directly working with the student. These services involve behavioral and academic assessment techniques, treatment analyses and the implementation of academic and behavioral interventions.
Direct services include:
By working with school professionals, our staff can tailor intervention strategies to meet a child’s needs, a teacher’s resources and a family’s goals by offering training that teachers, administrators and parents feel confident implementing.
Training topics vary depending on the specific needs. Training typically centers on the following topics, but can include implementation instructions for a variety of behavioral and educational topics either for individuals or for all children.
These training services are useful for children with autism and related disorders, but they also can be broadly applied to more effectively manage the behavioral or developmental issues among other students.
Email Dana Zavatkay, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.-D., N.C.S.P., Program Manager for the School Consultation program, or call 404-785-9446 for more information.
Kids are kids—even when they have autism. This is something that Katherine Carter and her family knows firsthand. In addition to juggling work, housekeeping and raising two teenagers, Katherine and her husband are raising Charlie, an active 9-year-old diagnosed with autism.
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