Strategies & Techniques for Effective Practice: Educating Children w/Autism
What is S.T.E.P.S.?
The STEPS program was developed in an effort to enhance educational programs and outcomes of students with ASDs by providing training and support to educators and administrators through a partnership between the Nebraska ASD Network and Nebraska schools.
Students with ASDs display a wide range of strengths and needs that must be considered when planning their educational program. The STEPS program was conceptualized to provide systematic, thorough training related to educational programming for students with ASDs. Initial training content, together with mentored, hands-on experiences related to assessment, selecting interventions and implementing interventions for children with ASDs are based upon current research and best practices.
The framework of the STEPS program has been developed on the foundation of instructional design for students with ASDs. Program content was developed to incorporate comprehensive, up-to-date information related to empirically-validated and best practice techniques.
Participants will take part in various training opportunities for one year. Throughout that year, an ASD Network team member will serve as a mentor providing ongoing feedback and support as the participant implements new strategies and techniques.
Research indicates that multiple exposures, opportunities to practice and active involvement following initial training are crucial elements of effective training. The STEPS program was developed to address the need to provide full-scope training. Administrative support is also an important element in
establishing effective programs for students with ASDs. The STEPS program has been developed in collaboration with Nebraska special education administrators and will include opportunities for administrators to gain important knowledge related to effective programming for students with ASDs.