When a child is exhibiting characteristics of ASD and is referred for an evaluation or when a child enters a district having a previous verification of ASD:
The assessment should follow Rule 51 guidelines for the referral and identification process.
The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) confirms ASD. If ASD is not verified, but characteristics of ASD are documented, the regional team may be contacted to assist in program planning.
In Nebraska, even if a student has a medical diagnosis of autism, an educational verification is necessary in order for the student to receive services from the local school district.
An IFSP or IEP will be developed and a meeting held in accordance with federal and state regulations.
If technical assistance is needed by the local district's direct service providers, the ASD Regional Team is available to provide technical assistance in selecting appropriate IFSP or IEP goals based on the child's present level of performance and service needs.
The local school district will provide appropriate interventions and related services in accordance with the needs of each student.
The ASD Regional Team is available to provide technical assistance, consultation or training to support the local school district's direct service team, if needed, in selecting and implementing strategies and interventions.