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Coaching for Implementation of Evidence-based Practice (EBP)
In the START Project, coaching is the primary infrastructure for implementation of evidence-based practices such as differentiated output to access general education curriculum or specific practices such as self-management and visual supports. Each Intermediate School District should evaluate their coaching structure with building teams, building coaches, and coach leaders to ensure implementation of evidence-based practices for educating all students with ASD. Within the START Project, the steps to ensure the implementation of EBP include 1) utilizing the USAPT to assess use of practices, developing goals for improvement, and entering the data into the online USAPT system, 2) establishing a coaching structure at the district and ISD level, 3) increasing knowledge and use of evidence-based practices with students, and 4) using the START IEP Implementation Coaching Checklist.