Marcus Autism Center’s School Consultation Program provides consultation, direct assistance and professional development to help school systems 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.
Our team was recently awarded the Clinical Innovation Grant to develop a system of training and consultation focused on building capacity within the school system. This project focuses on providing school-based professionals with the skills to become the go-to team in the district to address challenging behaviors. The team learns the skills necessary to conduct the full range of functional behavior assessments and develop function-based and empirically derived behavior intervention plans that are specific to the school setting.