ASD Roadmap

Delaware Autism Program - 1999-2008

Student Safety

  • I formalized standards for the appropriate use of Safety Procedures, including the emphasis on de-escalation strategies, the revision of the behavior plan, the inclusion of a Safety Plan, and thorough documentation.
  • I organized and expanded training in the appropriate response to dangerous behavior by increasing the number of certified trainers and ensuring intensive initial training and annual refreshers for all trainers and school staff.  The increase in certified trainers from 1 to 20 ensured that all 400 staff statewide received intensive initial training, and annual updates.
  • I also developed and implemented programs of oversight for the use of Safety Procedures, including independent evaluation and ongoing oversight of the behavior plan and student progress by the Peer Review Committee (described above), and annual auditing of the use of Safety Procedures using a 2nd oversight committee mandated by state law. Psychologists or other classroom team members who were unable to comply with standards were recommended for termination.

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The logo is adapted from Joaquim Alves Gaspar's drawing of Pedro Reinel's compass rose.

My Presentations and Publications

With Vince Wintering. (2013). Delaware Autism Program: Statewide Educational Services in the Public Schools. In Autism Services Across America: Roadmaps for Improving State and National Education, Research, and Training Programs. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD

With Vince Wintering. (2011). The Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in the Public Schools. In Evidence-Based Practices and Treatments for Children with Autism. (2011). Springer-Verlaug, New York, NY.

(2008). A model for regional training and service delivery for children with autism. International Society for Autism Research. London, UK.