AutismPro Overview FETC 2010


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During FETC 2010, representatives from Virtual Expert Clinics, Inc., are speaking with educators, administrators and media about AutismPro.

AutismPro is a customizable package of tools, content and programming that helps educational institutions train educators and manage learning programs for students with autism through the effective use of technology. The online solution allows
administrators to build capacity and helps educators to improve outcomes for each student with autism.

AutismPro is comprised of three parts, and is designed to complement existing school or district programs and IEP frameworks: AutismPro Workshops, AutismPro Resources and AutismPro Resource Manager.

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AutismPro Overview FETC 2010

  1. 1. A 21st Century Response to Educating Students with Autism FETC 2010
  2. 2. Agenda •  Who is AutismPro / Virtual Expert Clinics? •  Alarming Autism Statistics •  What is Autism? •  Growth Implications for Districts, Schools and Classrooms •  Why AutismPro? •  Overview •  Customer Results and Reactions •  Implementation •  Technical Requirements
  3. 3. Who is AutismPro / Virtual Expert Clinics? AutismPro / Virtual Expert Clinics •  Founded in 2004 by a Speech Language Pathologist •  Serves educational institutions in 6 countries and has offices in Denver and Canada •  Content originally designed to help parents of children with autism until school administrators demanded tools and resources to help their teachers •  Install base includes all of Australia, and school districts in North America, such as Toronto (5th largest N.A. school district) •  Invested $6 million and developed evidence-based content authored by top experts •  Hosts the largest autism case management system in the world
  4. 4. Alarming Autism Statistics In 2000, autism was 1.5% of all disabilities; now it’s over 8%. Ages 3-5 were included in 2000 Source: & “A National Health Concern” … CDC, October 2009 Source: & 4
  5. 5. What is Autism? Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by: •  Impaired social interaction •  Problems with verbal and nonverbal communication •  Unusual repetitive or severely limited activities and interests Symptoms vary between individuals, but usually appear by age 3 and affect their ability to: •  Interact socially •  Communicate effectively •  Control their behavior that can be distractive to others In school settings, these distinctions are noticeable: •  Typical students have developmentally appropriate behavior, and social and communication skills that enable them to learn the curriculum and function independently in the classroom •  For students with autism, their behavior, social and communication skills are under- developed which prevent their learning and ability to adhere to classroom and curriculum protocols There is no known single cause for autism or cure, but it is treatable.
  6. 6. Growth Implications for Districts, Schools and Classrooms Districts Schools Classrooms Current district special education Inclusion of students with autism in A teacher’s areas of student concern processes can’t support the unique general education classrooms is and classroom management amplify learning requirements increasing when a student with autism is present •  Student s with autism require •  Per student costs for autism vs. •  Nationally reported* ratios: 1 in 6 individualized attention, continuity typical special education 4-5 x classroom teachers and 1 in 4 and stability higher ($20-25K) paraprofessionals as primary support •  Undertrained or overwhelmed •  Multiply per student costs by •  Over 50% of all school staff will paraprofessionals at risk for turnover incoming volume of new diagnoses interact with a student in the gym, creating instability and district budgets can’t support library, cafeteria, front office and on •  A student’s disruptive behavior and growth the bus, etc. often unpredictable outbursts distract •  More parents requesting inclusion classmates and concern classmate's •  Non-compliance with 94-142 'parents increases risk for covering the high so their child is exposed to the costs of outplacement influence of good behavior by other •  Parents want greater connection children •  Teachers need guidance in new unknown areas Teachers lack confidence and Including students in gen ed. is a need access to expertise and Districts will need to design a cost saving measure but presents evidence-based resources that different game plan as the huge challenges for school wide will help them manage new costs to add resources far staff who are under trained and classroom dynamics and exceed budget capacity without resources to cope continue to meet performance appropriately requirements * 2007 U.S. Department of Education
  7. 7. Implications Summary •  Autism diagnoses are a rising tidal wave. Now 1:100. •  Districts at risk financially and legally •  Students with autism spend more than 50% of their day in general education classrooms •  Teachers and paraprofessionals undertrained and overwhelmed by unique requirements and challenges Conventional solutions no longer fit these extraordinary circumstances.
  8. 8. Why AutismPro?
  9. 9. Introducing One Solution AutismPro: •  Provides online professional development, case management, and evidence-based classroom resources that equip educators and school staff to confidently meet and manage the unique challenges that a student with autism will present daily •  Is endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education
  10. 10. AutismPro: An Overview AutismPro was designed and developed by recognized and well respected experts in the field of autism. These experts are members of AutismPro’s advisory board: Dr. Kathleen Ann Quill Autism Institute Dr. Pamela J. Wolfberg San Francisco State University Dr. Cathy Pratt Chair, Autism Society of America Dr. Brenda Smith Myles University of Kansas Dr. Diane Twatchman-Cullen ADDCON Center Margaret Spoelstra Autism Ontario Paula Aquilla Occupational Therapist Theo Peeters Opleidingscentrum Autisme Dr. Michael J. Cameron Simmons College Neil Walker Geneva Center for Autism
  11. 11. AutismPro: Evidence-Based Practices AutismPro incorporates best practices in the most well researched methodologies for autism intervention.
  12. 12. AutismPro: Product Overview AutismPro is comprised of three standalone online tools. AP Workshops: Demystifying Autism •  50 Hours of E-Learning & Assessments •  Available in Non-Sequential 15-Min Increments AP Resource Manager: •  Video and Illustrated Case Team Coordination & Progress Tracking   For all General Education Teachers, Para- professionals, School Support Staff and Parents •  Online Case Management For Daily Progress Tracking •  Facilitates Autism Expert Built and Monitored AP Resources: Plans. Best Practices Database •  Enables Dynamic IEP Updating •  Online/On-Demand Library of over 5,000 EBP Classroom Resources •  Optional Parent Participation in Teams •  Searchable, including Video Examples,   For all General Education Teachers, Para- Designed to Complement IEP Framework professionals, Special Ed. Staff and Parents   For all General Education Teachers, Para- professionals, Special Ed. Staff and Parents “The organization of multiple sources of complex information is one of the biggest challenges for intervention teams and parents. AutismPro is taking on the challenge.” --Dr. Teresa Bolick - Psychologist, Boston
  13. 13. AutismPro: Usage Results Early adopters of AutismPro are already yielding the following results: Student Outcomes: Educator: •  Drop in Disruptive Behavior •  +80% Confident Having a Student •  Increase in Social Ability with Autism in Their Classroom •  Learning Enabled Earlier •  Decrease Turnover •  In Classroom More •  Useful IEP Meetings Parent: Outcomes: District: •  30% Drop in Complaints within 90 •  25% Capacity Increase Days •  ZERO Autism Related Judgments •  Positive Parent Contribution
  14. 14. AutismPro: Customer Reactions Special education directors comment on AutismPro’s value to their districts: “I feel that Autism Pro is an excellent tool for school staff as it allows a person the "at your finger tips" access to information and ideas that may take months if you need to wait for professionals to deliver.” “Along with the many goals and outcomes offered as suggestions Autism Pro has many varied activities to support our goals and outcomes. This is the true time saver for me. With suggestions for activities to support the goals and outcomes we are able to get to work with the student right away.” “The videos are the best source of learning for our teachers and teacher assistants. These really add a "modeling" component to the strategies being implemented.” "As a Director of Special Education for 19 years, Autism Pro is the answer to finally providing affordable and worthwhile staff development for teachers who change the lives of students with autism. AutismPro uses both research findings and policy indications in providing administrators with a successful road map in designing professional development for autism within their school systems."
  15. 15. AutismPro: Implementation AutismPro follows the guidelines set out by SIIA1 for educational software implementations. It’s Simple: 1)  Each user registers with a secure User Name and Password 2) Product training2 delivered via: •  Per day on-site group session •  Remote training via Webex 3)  Ongoing Customer Support •  Product support specialist accessible via toll free support line and email 1Software & Information Association Education Division 2 Based on level of configuration (District, School, Teacher)
  16. 16. AutismPro Technical Requirements AutismPro is web-based and requires no additional bandwidth to be provided by a district IT department. Operating System: Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, NT 4.0 Mac OSX 10.2 or higher Linux Web Browser: Internet Explorer 6.0+ Firefox 2.0+ Safari 2.0+ Opera 8.0+ Processor: 500 MHz minimum Memory: 256 MB Internet Connection: Preferably high speed: Cable, DSL or T1 Software: Flash Plug-in 9+ Adobe Reader 8.0+
  17. 17. AutismPro: Overall Benefits AutismPro helps schools to: •  Grow educator and staff comfort and confidence •  Provide teachers and families with evidence-based objectives, resources and tools •  Improve team communication and greater ability to intervene correctly; connect with experts •  Build a strong team with parents on board •  Create an environment that provides more stability and continuity •  Provide a better than adequate education to a student with autism •  Optimize existing resources to build capacity
  18. 18. AutismPro: For more information 1-866-462-0991