For the past six years, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) and the ASD Toddler Project have worked to develop models that support teachers in designing and implementing individualized programs based on identified evidence-based practices. The NPDC model has been adopted by 12 state autism teams and it is used in over 75 schools across the United States. The ASD Toddler model is a modification of the NPDC model for early intervention providers and it has been piloted in two states. In this collaboration with Easter Seals UCP of NC, we will support six centers that care for and educate children with ASD between the ages of birth to five. Our support will include the implementation of a process of professional development based on the NPDC and ASD Toddler models. This professional development will take the form of intensive training and ongoing coaching on: assessment of and focus on each center’s program quality for the education of children with ASD; choosing and implementing evidence-based practices for young children with ASD to fidelity; development of goals/outcomes and scaling of these through the Goal Attainment Scaling process to support data-based decision making; and development in the capacity of each center through Autism Leaders who will sustain the work after the one year collaboration is complete.
Area(s) of Work: Autism & Developmental Disabilities
Easter Seals UCP North Carolina
10/01/2014 to 06/30/2015