Maine DOE will provide evidence-based autism team training during the 2013-14 academic year for 15 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 Disorder (ASD)
- Foster the development of observational skills for working with students/individuals with ASD
- Provide current information about the diverse range of individuals who exhibit characteristics associated with ASD
- Ensure that Maine teachers and paraprofessionals are appropriately and adequately prepared to work with children with ASD
Participants will attend three, two-day training sessions at the University of Maine, scheduled for Nov. 19-20, Dec. 11-12 and April 29-30. Ongoing cognitive coaching and mentoring will be provided for first-year attendees. Ongoing technical assistance through the Department and the University of Maine will be provided during years two and three.
To be considered for participation in the training sessions, please complete the application by Sept. 1.