UPDATED: The Maine Department of Education will host a three-session autism team training for school districts beginning in November 2012. To be considered for participation in the training sessions, the application must be completed no later than September 1, 2012.
In response to the Centers for Disease Control released statistic stating that one in 88 children are now being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, the Maine DOE will be providing six days of autism team leader evidence-based practice professional development. Participants will attend three, two-day training sessions at the University of Maine, scheduled for November 1 and 2, 2012; March 13 and 14, 2013; and April 8 and 9, 2013. Ongoing cognitive coaching and mentoring will be provided for the first year. Year one will be followed by ongoing technical assistance through the Department and the University of Maine for years two and three.
Evidence-based practice Autism Team Leader professional development will be available for 10-12 school-based teams that represent educators working with children with autism. Members of the teams should include general and special educators, related services staff, and general and special education administrators.
The overall goals of the training are to:
- Build local capacity to establish and implement proactive and positive programming with fidelity for students with autism spectrum disorders.
- Foster the development of observational skills for working with students/individuals with autism spectrum disorder and to provide current information about the diverse range of individuals who exhibit characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorders.