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Programs and Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) offers a continuum of services for students with autism spectrum disorder as well as for students with other learning challenges. Individual student needs drive each studentís educational program and is developed through the individualized educational team process.

TBAISD offers self-contained programs for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as less restrictive environments. Some students benefit from attending one of the self-contained classrooms for students with ASD, early childhood special education classrooms or other special education programs. Most studentsí needs are met in general education settings with support services designed to assist them in accessing the general education curriculum.

The TBAISD self-contained program for students with autism spectrum disorder is located at Oak Park Elementary and West Junior High in Traverse City. Oak Park houses the self-contained classrooms for students with ASD for younger students including preschoolers and elementary aged students. West Junior High School houses the classroom for secondary students. Students from across the five-county area served by TBAISD attend these classrooms. In addition to the self-contained program for students with ASD Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District also offers teacher consultant services.

The teacher consultants work with general education and special education teachers, service providers and administrators in the five county areas as they work with students with autism spectrum disorder typically in their local school district. The goals for all students regardless of the location of their educational program is to access general education curriculum, develop social competence and develop functional independence.

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District is committed to employing evidence based practices in working with students with ASD and to use our resources to maintain our level of knowledge of such research based effective practices. In our efforts to meet this commitment, TBAISD has been actively involved with Grand Valley State University, the Michigan Department of Education and the Northern Autism Network through the Statewide Autism Resources and Training Project (START).

An assessment tool, developed by TBAISD, the Systematic Assessment System for Autism (SAS-A) Level I, II, III, is an on-going project. The three levels of the SAS-A are available by contacting Sandy Shearer, Oak Park Elementary at (231) 933-5683. For further information regarding programs, services or resources for students with autism spectrum disorder contact the number below.

Debra Drayton Nelson, Director of Programs and Services for
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Phone:  (231) 933-5682

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