Autism Teaming for Success

These trainings focus on helping parents and other care providers team together to meet the needs of people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Trainings are typically offered in spring. These events are held in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluation Team Training

This training helps school-based multidisciplinary evaluation teams to provide comprehensive ASD evaluations. Trainers offer a four-day, hands-on training, which includes:

  • Using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)
  • Reaching consensus using the DSM-5 criteria
  • Communicating assessment results to families
  • Creating comprehensive evaluation reports

The training also include opportunities to continue learning skills and further develop assessment techniques.

We work jointly with the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative and the Department of Education to offer multiple training opportunities per year.

Autism Summer Institute

This four-day course provides a theoretical foundation as well as hands-on opportunities to assess and teach individuals with ASD in a classroom setting. We focus on understanding learning styles and teaching strategies that capitalize on learning strengths. An emphasis is placed on learning the Structured TEACCH principles (Teaching, Expanding, Appreciating, Collaborating, Cooperating, and Holistic). These approaches promote skill development in the areas of:

  • Academics
  • Communication
  • Independence
  • Social and leisure
  • Vocation
  • Relaxation and coping strategies

This training is held in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Education and Black Hills Special Services.