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Illinois Autism Partnership

Illinois Autism Partnership builds the capacity of school districts statewide so they may provide effective programming for students with an autism spectrum disorder. Our individualized coaching, consulting, family engagement and training programs offer school districts a wide-range of options. Training packages include focus family support, experiential practicums, in-services and workshops, as well as online and webinar courses.

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Twenty-five educators from over 10 member school districts of the Leyden Area Special Education Cooperative came together for a “make and take” Professional Development Workshop led by Autism Specialist Sarah Smith, focused on Independent Work Systems for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 95% of the Cohort participants were from schools who attended the Illinois Autism Partnership Experiential Training in Summer 2017. These schools are receiving ongoing coaching and support to continue to build capacity and improve outcomes for learners with autism.  Attendees who participated in the pre-workshop questions had the opportunity to choose one of the sample activity tasks to take back with them to use with their students.
Teachers, paraprofessionals, speech therapists, and administrators spent the first half of the training session learning about Work Systems, why they’re important, and how they can be implemented in the classroom or other environments. An emphasis was placed on how to develop tasks that can meet various objectives and the efficiency of task development, allowing for varied experiences and generalization for the students. The second half of the session was spent creating tasks and materials for independent work systems to take back to the schools. 
Some participant responses to the question, “What is your biggest takeaway from today’s session?” are listed below:  

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Illinois Autism Partnership offers on-site coaching to schools and districts, which includes assessment, goal development, problem solving and technical assistance. Easterseals offers additional targeted training as determined by needs and priorities of districts and schools, which builds capacity for fidelity and sustainability.

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Illinois Autism Partnership offers consulting for on-site overall program review, as well as classroom, program and student-specific consultations and classroom setup consultations.

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Family Engagement

Illinois Autism Partnership offers a family engagement package to school districts, which includes parent education workshops, parent leadership training, Parent Cafes, Sibshops, peer education training and school-family partnership development.
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Illinois Autism Partnership offers training packages including experiential practicums, on-site in-services and workshops, regional in-services and workshops, evidence-based practice institute and paraprofessional training.

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Focus Family Support

The focus family support model provides person-centered futures planning. Six to 12 months of training is offered to develop and support teams of families and individuals caring for and working with children disabilities.  The model is available to families through an inquiry process at their school district.

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Illinois Experiential Practicum for Autism

A weeklong intensive training practicum providing hands-on learning for professionals working with children with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities.

Click here to view the Illinois Autism Partnership brochure

For more information contact: Sarah Smith at 312.-491.4116 or ssmith@eastersealschicago.org.

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