The START Project draws inspiration from the research literature on effective practices for teaching and supporting students with ASD. Effective practices consist of documented findings from evidence-based studies that lead to greater student success. START uses effective practices by matching a practice with a student's need and documenting the student response to the practice. Effective practices involve knowledge of proven practices, professional judgment, and data based decision making.
In January 2009, Michigan received a collaborative partnership award to work with the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Through this project, pilot sites were established to model the implementation of evidence based practices (EBP) in schools from elementary to high school. Expansion of this project is underway through work with each county/district involved in their Regional Collaborative Network.
START has created a building level assessment tool based on effective practices for supporting students with ASD. The Universal Supports Assessment and Planning Tool (USAPT) is a self-assessment and goal-setting tool for school systems to use to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. The USAPT is the primary tool used by START coaches to work with teams to improve building level supports for students. The Early Intervention Assessment Tool for Young Children with ASD is a similar tool utilized at the preschool level.
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