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Welcome to Region 17's Autism Website. Our goal is to provide support and training via staff development and on-site technical assistance. We work to ensure that districts are effectively and confidently implementing programs using evidence-based best practices in visual strategies and other effective teaching methodologies designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
In recognition of the unique learning needs of students with autism, Texas regulations (§ 89.1055) require that eleven specific strategies be considered and addressed, as practicable and as needed, in the IEP. The consideration of these strategies is documented in a portion of the IEP referred to as the Autism Supplement and must be based on peer-reviewed, research-based educational programming practices. TEA has provided guidance related to the Autism Supplement.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines autism as a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal communication, nonverbal communication, and social interaction. Other characteristics often associated with autism are: engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements; resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines; and unusual responses to sensory experiences. The characteristics of autism are generally evident before age three, but a child who manifests the characteristics after age three could be identified as having autism if the eligibility criteria are satisfied.
Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training
Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching
TARGET assists schools in developing practices from initial referral to program development and implementation with a strong emphasis on research-based and peer-reviewed strategies.
TSLAT Flyer-WEB Final Jan 2023.pdf
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