Transformational community and education outreach

We know we can't see every child who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at our center. That’s why we've created outreach programs that train teachers, school leadership, doctors and families on how to care for kids with autism in their own communities.

Infant Toddler Community Outreach

The Marcus Autism Center Infant Toddler Community Outreach Program helps communities and providers better screen for and detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and provides supports and services to infants and toddlers who are at risk for autism. 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.

Our community-viable coaching and training model for providers bridges the gap between science and community practice. We work 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. 

Contact Jennifer Stapel-Wax, PsyD, Director of the Infant Toddler Community Outreach Program, for more information.

School Consultation Program

The Marcus Autism Center School Consultation Program provides consultation, direct assistance, and training for school systems to effectively serve students with educational needs and behavioral challenges, especially those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disorders. All school consultants are board-certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) who provide a variety of behavior analytic services within the school setting aimed at increasing students’ appropriate skills and decreasing problem behaviors.

Consultation services
We provide consultation to teachers and school staff to help guide their classroom services. We focus on increasing teachers’ skills and knowledge in working with students with autism and related disorders.

Consultation services include but are not limited to:

  • Arranging classroom environments, and creating staff and student schedules to increase efficiency.
  • Monitoring student’s progress and staff’s integrity when implementing behavior procedures.
  • Assisting school staff with individualized education plan (IEP) preparation and attending IEP meetings.
  • Assisting school staff in recording and interpreting data for educational and behavioral programming.

We consult with classroom staff to design intervention strategies and develop case-specific solutions to complex problems that can be generalized to other students.

Direct services
We consult with school staff to develop educational and behavioral programming for identified students. We provide the necessary training to give teachers the tools they need to help their students maximize educational goals.

Direct services include but are not limited to:

  • Behavioral or academic assessments.
  • Hands-on training of individual school staff.
  • Data collection for assessment or intervention.

Training services
We provide training to school staff based on the needs of the district or individual school. Training frequently focuses on the topics below, but may include a variety of behavioral and educational topics relevant for individual students or all students.

Training services include but are not limited to:

  • Understanding autism.
  • Applied behavior analysis (ABA) and verbal behavior teaching methods.
  • Classroom setup for effective behavioral management and increased academic engagement.
  • Capturing student motivation to increase learning in the classroom.
  • Writing measurable IEP goals and objectives.
  • Understanding behavioral functions and how to develop function-based interventions.

Training services are focused on students with autism and related disorders, but may also be more broadly applicable to assist with more effectively managing behavioral or developmental issues among other students.

Training services may be delivered as didactics only, which is most appropriate for professional development for multiple school staff. These trainings are offered in person or through a video-based platform to help make sure proper safety guidelines are taken, while also maximizing professional learning for staff. Our most intensive training model is a combination of didactics and ongoing consultation to help make sure that trainees display the skills to mastery. Our goal in the later model is for our trainees to become the go-to person in their district for addressing behavioral concerns in a school setting. Trainees may be any identified district representative who is able to be in a supportive role.

Contact Deva Carrion, PhD, BCBA-D, or call 404-785-4729 for more information.