In July 2010, the Louisiana Department of Education, along with the subcommittee on Identification and Evaluation of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders of the State Autism Team, presented a two-day training on how to implement the procedures in Bulletin 1508, the Pupil Appraisal Handbook. Click on the items below to access the materials from the event.
The Louisiana Autism Quality Indicators for Schools was designed as a tool to measure overall quality of programs serving school-aged students (3-21 years) with autism spectrum disorders and to assist schools, districts, and families in improving the quality of programs available to these students. It is meant to serve as a self-improvement tool which can assist in identifying areas of strength as well as areas in need of improvement.
The Louisiana Skill Competencies (click here) were developed to guide best practice in supporting students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) across the state. The intended uses for these competencies are: (1) to assist service providers in identifying areas of need for professional development, (2) to provide information that may be incorporated into existing coursework and workshops, (3) to influence the development of new coursework and workshops, (4) to guide schools in the organization of staff development initiatives and the selection of training topics, and (5) to assist school teams, including families, to better understand the roles and responsibilities of fellow team members.
This document is divided into six key competency areas: (1) General Autism Competencies, (2) Individualization and Support Strategies Competencies, (3) Communication Competencies, (4) Social Skill Competencies, (5) Behavior Competencies, and (6) Sensory Motor Development Competencies. Check marks indicate those personnel who should possess the competency and whether it is a: (1) must know, (2) should know, or (3) could know competency. The coding system indicates the following: K= Knowledge Competency / 1 = Must Know (essential), S= Skill Competency / 2= Should Know (supplements the essential), LAQI= Louisiana Autism Quality Indicators / 3= Could know (relevant but not essential).
Autism Internet Modules
The Autism Internet Modules chart (click here) provides links to on-line modules which can be used for professional development purposes related to the instruction and support of students with autism spectrum disorders. This chart can serve as a tool for educators, related service providers, school administrators, and family members who wish to improve their knowledge and skills related to serving these students.
Included on this chart are the Louisiana Department of Education funded LASARD (Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities) Project modules. These modules focus on issues related to students with autism and other disabilites. All modules have a pre- and post-test, and CEUs are available after completion of a module. These modules are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience. To access these modules, go to http://www.hdc.lsuhsc.edu/lasard/index.html
The LASARD module topics are as follows:
Transition Practices for Students with ASD
Behavior Intervention Practices for Students with ASD and Related Disabilities
Inclusive Practices for Students with ASD and Related Disabilities
Social Skills Instruction for Students with ASD and Related Disabilities
Environmental Supports for Students with ASD and Related Disabilities
Assistive Technology for Students with ASD and Related Disabilities
Collaboration & Teaming
There are on-going opportunities for professional development in Louisiana related to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). For further information about specific opportunities, please visit the Calendar of Events located on this Access Guide web-site (http://sda.doe.louisiana.gov/Lists/Calendar/calendar.aspx), or contact Robyn Hargrave of the Louisiana Department of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Powerpoint file located at the link below provides a one-hour voiced over presentation on the topic of Asperger's Syndrome. Included are the following topics: educational programming issues (including gifted education), medical/diagnositc information, and content related to assessment.
Creation of Repository of ASD Professional Development Opportunities
The Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) is in the process of compiling information about professional development opportunities related to autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The purpose of this effort is to enable the LDE to provide guidance on available training offerings, including specifics about content, format, presenter qualifications, training objectives, etc. This information should help districts and individuals chose professional development that is targeted to meet their professional growth needs. To this end, the LDE is seeking input from both professionals and family members on the topic. Please review the information below to see how you can submit information to support this initiative.
ASD Workshop Information
Please assist us in gathering information about training offerings related to ASD issues available to school personnel in our state by completing this form (click here) on training offerings you have attended or presented. These offerings can be face-to-face or internet-based presentations or courses. You may mark as non-applicable (n/a) any requested information that does not pertain to the event or leave blank what you do not know. Thank you in advance for your assistance. If you are submitting information pertaining to an event in which you were a participant, please also complete the evaluation form provided here (click here).