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Autism Services in LOUDOUN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Loudoun Autism Summit October 19, 2009. Continuum of Services For Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Growth of Services to Students with Autism in Virginia. Year Number 2006 6,749 2007 7,854 2008 9,136.

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Autism services in loudoun county public schools


Loudoun Autism Summit

October 19, 2009

Continuum of Services

For Students with

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Growth of services to students with autism in virginia
Growth of Services to Students with Autism in Virginia

Year Number

2006 6,749

2007 7,854

2008 9,136

Focus of services in lcps
Focus of Services in LCPS

Services are designed for students, ages 2-22, whose primary disabilities are in the areas of language, communication, cognition, and socialization.

There is an emphasis on skill development and application in the least restrictive environment.

Continuum of services for students with asd in lcps
Continuum of Services for Students with ASD in LCPS







Inclusive Opportunities

Special Education -------- General Education

Examining and Applying

Current Research


  • Virginia Autism Council (2007) Skill Competencies for Professionals and Paraprofessionals


  • CEC/ASA (2009) What Every Special Educator Needs to Know



  • National Research Council (2001) Educating Children with Autism

  • National Autism Center (2009) National Standards Report

    • Scientifically-based treatments


Building capacity expanding knowledge and skills in asd throughout lcps
Building capacityExpanding knowledge and skills in ASD throughout LCPS

  • Training in Established and Promising Treatments (NAC, 2009)

    • County-wide training

    • Autism staff monthly training

    • Parent training

  • Resource material to staff

  • Blackboard and Web sites to post training and resource material

  • ACTs and CTs working in collaboration to support needs in schools

  • Collaboration with supervisors and school administrators to identify needs

Sample of training topics sept 2008 oct 2009
Sample of training Topics Sept 2008 - Oct 2009

  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Affect of the Core Deficits in Autism on Understanding and Relatedness

  • Affect of Executive Functioning in Autism on Learning and Living

  • Instructional Practices to Improve Outcomes for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (training for administrators)

  • Addressing the Unique Needs of Studentswith High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

  • Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Classroom Organization and Structure

  • Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism

  • Social Skills Development, Training, and Resources

  • Transitioning Students to New Environments

  • Current Trends and Issues in Autism

  • AutismPro (training course for paraprofessionals)

5 essential components of a quality autism program
5 Essential Components of a Quality Autism Program

  • Staff are trained in 3 areas of measureable competency (goals, strategies, activities)

  • Student’s educational plan fits assessed needs

  • Plans use evidence-based method

  • Well-designed activities target evolving objectives

  • Effective communication between staff and family

    (AutismPro, Web Seminar, 2009)

Training and resources focus areas 2009 2010
Training and Resources Focus Areas 2009-2010

  • Asperger’s Syndrome

  • Behavior Analysis

  • Communication System

  • Secondary Services

  • Social Skills

Parent and community collaboration
Parent and Community Collaboration

  • Community Services Board (CSB)

  • Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT)

  • Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

  • Parent Resource Center (PRC)

  • Virginia Autism Council (VAC)


  • Mary Kealy, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services

    [email protected]

  • Mary Kearney, Director of Special Education

    [email protected]

  • Connie Smith, Special Education Supervisor

    [email protected]

  • Rosy McGuinness, Autism Specialist

    [email protected]