• Autism


    What’s Required

    Eligibility definitions:

    (1) Autism - A student with autism has been determined to meet the criteria for autism as stated in 34 CFR, 300.8(c)(1). Students with pervasive developmental disorders are included in this category. The IEP team's written report of evaluation shall include specific recommendations for behavioral interventions and strategies.


    What We Do

    What are the service options for students with autism?

    • General education classroom with indirect support from campus and district staff
    • General education classroom with direct instructional services from a Special Education Teacher or Educational Assistant (EA)
    • A combination of general education and self-contained special education classes with indirect and/or direct instructional services
    • Self-contained special education classroom with direct instructional services

    How are services determined?

    • Determined by the ARD/IEP Committee
    • Based on the individual needs of students and data collected
    • It may include related services as determined by the ARD/IEP Committee.
    • Includes technology support as determined by the ARD/IEP Committee
    • It may include strategies as determined by the ARD/IEP Committee through the autism supplement.

    What type of training is needed to work with students with autism? 

    • The extent to which deficits in social, communication, and behavior impact academics and progress in the educational setting
    • Specially designed instruction
    • Accommodations and modifications
    • Technology supports including communication systems
    • Social skills instruction
    • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
    • Principles of structured teaching
    • Data collection methods and tools
    • Student work systems
    • Behavior management principles 


    Texas Project FIRST

    Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism

    Community Resources for Parents with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

    Education Service Center - Region 11