About our program

Marcus Autism Center’s School Consultation Program provides consultation, direct assistance and professional development for school systems to help them effectively serve students with educational needs and behavioral challenges—especially those diagnosed with autism 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 both increasing students’ appropriate skills and decreasing aberrant behaviors that are disruptive in the classroom.

Consultation services

We provide consultation to teachers and school staff to help guide their classroom services. Our goal is to increase the capacity within the school district by increasing teachers’ skills and knowledge in working with students with autism and related disorders. We consult with classroom staff to design intervention strategies and develop case-specific solutions to complex problems that can be generalized to other students.

Consultation services include:

  • Arranging the classroom environment and creating structure that is understandable to the student.
  • Developing classroom schedules to increase efficiency.
  • Monitoring student progress and staff fidelity when implementing behavior procedures.
  • Assisting school staff with individualized education plan (IEP) development.
  • Assisting school staff in recording and interpreting data for educational and behavioral programming.

 

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 their 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

 

Professional development services

We provide professional development training to school staff based on the needs of the individual school, school district or region. Professional development frequently focuses on the topics below but can include a variety of behavioral and educational topics relevant for individual students or all students. These trainings are offered in person or through a video-based platform to ensure proper safety guidelines are taken while maximizing professional learning for staff.

Professional development services include but are not limited to:

  • Understanding autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Skill acquisition to ensure students meet their IEP goals
  • Applied behavior analysis (ABA) and verbal behavior assessment and 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
  • Reducing aberrant behavior by understanding behavioral functions and how to develop function-based behavior intervention plans

 

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

Behavioral Consultative Assessment Support in Education team (B-CASE team)

Our most intensive training model is a combination of didactics and ongoing consultation to ensure that trainees display the skills to mastery. Our goal in this model is for our trainees to become the go-to person in their district for addressing behavioral concerns in the school setting. Trainees may be any identified district representative in a support role (e.g., lead teacher, behavior specialist, etc.). We provide training on the full range of functional behavior assessment (FBA) methods, including indirect, naturalistic observation and experimental assessments. Upon completion of the FBA we develop a function-based behavior intervention plan (BIP) and guide our trainees to provide training to the classroom staff. We aim for our trainees to reach mastery of these skills for independent practice with a focus on building capacity within the school system.

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