Northwest Area Education Agency has an Autism Resource Team. This resource team provides consultation to schools, families and community supports. They provide educational and behavioral support for schools and families through ongoing training. They partner with building level teams to provide interventions and assessment. They work cooperatively with the Siouxland Autism Society Support Group to provide monthly parent education and social training for students in kindergarten through high school.

The resource team consists of special education consultants, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers, occupational therapists and parent educator coordinators supporting districts throughout Northwest AEA.

Their mission is to keep current with best practices within the field of autism spectrum disorder and to provide training, consultation and resources for schools, families and communities.

Contact:

Jan Turbes
Special Education Consultant
800/352-9040 Ext. 6041
jturbes@nwaea.org

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Training Opportunities

Structured TEACCH Training is a teaching method for providing structure and visual supports for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Northwest AEA provides Structured TEACCH Training 2-3 times per year, setting up a classroom environment for parents and educators using students with ASD. Within this 3 day training, participants learn about setting up the environment with structure, providing separate defined areas for each task such as individual work, group activities and play. It relies heavily on visual learning and visual supports as well as student’s strengths and communication system.
 
To register for this class/training, go to "professional development," view all activities or register for the course, professional development catalog search - type in the keyword "autism" or "TEACCH." You can then register for one of these trainings.
 
If you have questions, please contact Cindy Munn, cmunn@nwaea.org, 222-6042,  or Jan Turbes, jturbes@nwaea.org, 222-6041.