START K-12 Intensive Training involves using curriculum that addresses key issues related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to train teams of multidisciplinary school professionals. Presenters in various content areas related to ASD bring training sessions to school sites in order to work collaboratively with local team leaders and successfully support students and school systems. The ultimate goal is to increase in knowledge and skills for supporting students with ASD through teamwork and collaboration.
The general content of the START Intensive Training Program includes modules on understanding autism, behavior supports, educational supports, and more. While, these topics may be similar to other trainings, the model and details of the training are unique for several reasons. The intensive trainings offered by START are provided to school district and Intermediate School District (ISD) team of 80-90 educators. Each team is divided into multidisciplinary sub teams of approximately six individuals that work with an identified target student diagnosed with ASD. Most teams include not only educators, but also parents.
To date, the Intensive Trainings have covered over 25 counties and over 1,600 educators and support staff.
Target Student - Progress in the core areas: Behavior, Social, Communication, Educational Strategies, and Family Support
Team - Ability to communicate, problem solve, make decisions, work collaboratively, understand the various disciplines and their different roles in supporting students with ASD.
Team Members - Increase in content knowledge and ability to apply that knowledge in order to serve as a more competent and successful team member within a disciplinary team.
Program/System - Positive changes in how students with ASD are supported within classrooms and buildings; identification of barriers to effective teaching and support and initial steps to address those barriers; administrative support.
Increased Local Capacity - Trainer/Coaches and Team Coaches with increased knowledge and skills.
If you are interested in serving as a host site in the future, please contact the START office staff.
For further information, please download the Host Site Application (we are no longer taking applications for the 2015-16 school year).