Program Design, Development and Implementation
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are documents that outline the modifications and support systems provided to students eligible for special education services. Trumpet Behavioral Health works collaboratively with other professionals to develop IEPs for students on the autism spectrum. Every IEP is customized to include goals that are specific, measurable, and achievable for students with autism in the school environment. IEPs for children with autism can be especially helpful since they outline how the student learns and how the physical classroom environment can be organized to help the individual succeed in an academic environment.
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for Children with Autism
To create an IEP for a student with autism, our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) assess the student to determine areas where they engage in challenging behavior (e.g., screaming, tantrums, physical aggression, etc.) or has behavior deficits (e.g., struggles with turn-taking, communication skills, etc.). Then, we’ll work with teachers and other school staff to determine what goals should be included in the student’s plan. No matter what your child’s goals are, an IEP typically includes:
- The individual’s current levels of performance
- Measurable annual goals, including both academic and functional goals
- A description of how the student’s progress towards their goals will be measured
- Any special education and related services that will be provided
- Program modifications or support for school personnel
- Any individual accommodations that are necessary for State and district wide assessments
By identifying your child’s current levels of performance, outlining goals, and describing specific supports (such as assistive technology or specialized academic instruction), your child’s educational team will be better equipped to help your child achieve academic success.
Strategies For Autism In The Classroom
An Individual Education Plan is crucial for supporting a child with autism in the classroom. Since the plan outlines the strategies and support the student requires, teachers can adapt these strategies during classroom instruction. IEPs help teachers plan and implement inclusive lessons that cater to the individual’s unique needs and learning style. Asking an experienced autism therapist to help shape an IEP can also help teachers understand why a student with autism may behave a certain way in a given situation. Understanding the cause, or function, of challenging behaviors is key to managing autism in the classroom.
Autism Resources for Teachers & School System
Every child is unique, and when it comes to supporting students with autism in the classroom, an individualized education plan helps students reach their full potential. School districts often contact Trumpet to help develop the IEP, conduct evaluations, create a Positive Behavior Support Plan, and/or provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. If you’re interested in having Trumpet join a student’s IEP team, please contact us today.
Trumpet Behavioral Health’s In-Class Shadow Support Program
If a student with autism needs additional in-classroom support, school districts can contract Trumpet to provide 1:1 aides. Our aids support students with autism throughout the day and/or support teachers in their classrooms, including helping the teacher implement positive behavior support plans.
Our in-class shadow support can:
- Play a supportive role to the teacher, so that the teacher can effectively meet the needs of all students
- Promote an environment in which students with autism are better able to focus on and successfully complete schoolwork, engage in appropriate behavior, and share in meaningful social opportunities
- Collaborate with the teacher for those students that may require reminders or additional instruction
- Intervene to prevent difficult behavior
- Assist in curriculum modification
- Record data for use in decision-making and program evaluation