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The Trellis Approach-A Progressive Educational Model for Children with Autism from Early Intervention to School Age. Leslie Wolff, OTR/L-Progress Center Jessica Lawrence, M Ed-Longview SD Mary Carr-Wilt, Administrator-LVSD.
Leslie Wolff, OTR/L-Progress Center
Jessica Lawrence, M Ed-Longview SD
Mary Carr-Wilt, Administrator-LVSD
Definition: Trellis: Lattice work used to support climbing plants-
(Metaphor for providing sturdy aligned supports across ages and grade levels as our young students and their families develop social, emotional, and academic competency!)
Birth to Three Early Intervention: Progress Center (serving Cowlitz and North Clark County for 50 years)
Longview School District 3-5 Year Old Special Education Services: Broadway School (since 1995)
Longview School District Extended Day Kindergarten Pilot-Northlake Elementary School (established in 2010-11 school year)
5 district staff were in 3rd year of participating in ESD “Autism Cadre” (intention was to have in-district staff who could help building problem-solve how to serve students with autism)
1 OT was supported to be certified in RDI (Relationship Developmental Intervention) autism model intended to provide home intervention to all parents of district students with autism
2006-07 District (continued)
-Some discussion/practice of ABA strategies
-Some staff using TEACCH strategies learned at workshops
-Beginning use of PECs in some buildings
Program staff lacked an articulated therapeutic model or educational framework for supporting students with social communication or emotional regulation
Interventions varied by individual staff experiences and training
Sensory integration strategies and Floor Time strategies were employed by some staff
Transitions between Progress Center and District were rudimentary with little communication between sending and receiving staff
Broadway experienced parent challenge to the quality of services and lack of articulated model for students with autism
Broadway was accepted and commenced training as a UW Project Data outreach
District special education staff (Pre-K 8) attended an Autism and Early Intervention Using a SCERTS framework (Amy Weatherby) workshop at ESD in Olympia.
Northlake Elementary School agrees to host Extended Day pilot program and Preschool Teacher “moves up” with 6 students with autism
Trellis Team continues to meet and transitions between 0-3 and Broadway and Broadway-K are planned deeply with supports in place in advance of transition
Parent education activities are added to the activities of the Trellis team
Northlake Elementary Extended Day K
Child A: “Progress” from Progress Center to Broadway 3-5 Program
Child B: “Progress” over time-Broadway to Fall K to Spring K