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ERIC Number: ED342545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-19
Pages: 8
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Improving Service to Students with Low Incidence Handicaps through On-Going Multidisciplinary Staff Development.
McIntosh, Debra L.
This paper describes a staff development model that was designed and implemented to address the professional training needs of staff working with autistic children in rural, northeastern Oregon. The county coordinator of child development and school psychology and the regional autism specialist held monthly, multidisciplinary professional meetings to provide training, problem-solving strategies, and networking opportunities for staff members. The meetings focused on autism and were structured to facilitate cumulative learning. Teachers reported that they and their students benefited from the meetings and requested that meetings resume at the beginning of the next school year. The success of these meetings was attributed to information presented in manageable amounts, opportunities for discussion and follow-up, and the availability of the regional autism specialist who assisted teachers in implementing new classroom strategies. The training, education, and organizational styles of the two facilitators responsible for conducting the meetings complimented one another. This combination of abilities aided communication between the facilitators and participants. The meeting schedule of 1 hour was maintained to accommodate most staff members who had to travel a minimum of one-half hour to participate. This model continues to be successful for staff working with the increased autistic population in this rural area. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon