The Autism Project's Training & Consulting team is available for consultation to your district, school, program, classroom or individual student to help you create safe, supportive environments in which students with ASDs, developmental disabilities, and social-emotional, regulation, or communication challenges can learn. Over the years, our team has worked with many districts, schools, teachers, and students across Rhode Island.
In addition to traditional consultative support, our team offers social-emotional programming for your classroom. You will learn techniques during the initial phase so you are able to take over and continue programming after we leave.
Our Approach to School Consultation
Our consultation model brings Lead Consultants to work with your staff to identify areas of concern and to develop a plan of action to support classroom teachers, teaching assistants, administrators, or other building personnel. Once a plan is created, the Consultant supports the work by modeling interventions and working with staff to see that they are implemented correctly and are effective for both staff and students.
School Consultation in Practice
In 2017, The Autism Project received a SIM grant that enabled our Training & Consulting team to bring Conscious Discipline® methodologies to Rhode Island pre-K classrooms.
Our Training & Consulting Team
Our consultants bring a variety of experience that runs the life course, from implementing social-emotional learning programs in pre-schools to supporting young adults with ASD through transition to college life. An array of disciplines and professional foundations are represented in our consultation team including, including but not limited to Education, Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language and Social Work.
Booking a Consult - What to Expect
The Autism Project uses a modeling and coaching approach to support adult professionals in their learning. When you book a consult with us, our team will meet with you and key partners in the program to learn your concerns through conversation and observation, then develop a plan. We typically introduce a new strategy through modeling first, then we coach staff in implementation.
Our traditional consultations include time for observation, discussion with the team or teacher, and, a written report of suggested changes and program additions. Generally, we book consultations in two stages or levels:
Modeling and Coaching Consult (Level One)
TAP Lead Trainer/Consultants will come into the classroom(s) or school to observe, model, and problem-solve with educators and other professionals. After an hour of observation, the professionals will meet for 30-minutes of coaching. The purpose of this teaching time is to problem-solve and plan next steps. It is the goal of the Modeling and Coaching program to improve participants’ understanding and skills for coaching their children as they too learn the skills to be successful across their day.
Coaching (Level Two)
After an hour observation, the professional will meet for coaching session. During this time, the role of the coach will be to ask questions, leading the professionals through their own learning and problem-solving experience. Eligible participants have established a foundation of knowledge on ASD and related interventions. TAP Trainers & Consultants will support growth and confidence in their skill set to educate students with ASD and social-emotional, communication, and regulation challenges.
Book a Consult
Grappling with challenging behaviors in the classroom?
Interested in a social-emotional learning program that builds a positive school culture?
Think your staff or school district would benefit from education about ASD and other social-emotional, regulation, and communication challenges?
One-Hour Lunch & Learns or After-School Special
Not quite ready for a full consultation? The Autism Project also delivers on-site training designed to pack a punch of information into a short time! Schedule a one-hour presentation during lunch breaks or after school for staff and/or parents to learn how to help their students or children. Too often both parents work and there is little time to attend training. These workshops provide important information they parents and staff can use immediately; staff appreciates access to further professional development.