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Community Consultation Program

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Interested?
Call Carolyn King, Administrative Assistant, at (585) 275-6605.

Our goals are to increase the capacity of school or agency personnel to support their own students. We help develop and implement programs aimed at decreasing challenging behavior and increasing positive social and academic skills. We also ensure that children with challenging learning needs receive appropriate instruction and services to maximize independence.

What We Offer

We provide evidence-based technical assistance and training to school teams and agencies who are working with children and adults with disabilities or behavioral challenges. We have expertise in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), educational consultations, Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), and inclusion consultations.

Services

Consultation may include building capacity with child-specific teams or classroom teams at the school district or agency level. Consultation can also be provided to ensure that children with disabilities are educated in the most inclusive environment possible. Our consultant team includes behavior analysts, clinical and school psychologists, and educators who have expertise in using evidence-based interventions for students with autism spectrum disorder, challenging behavior, emotional and behavior disorders.

We Are NYSED-Approved!

All persons applying for a teaching certificate or license as a special education teacher or as a school administrator who works in special education, are required to complete course work or training in the needs of children with autism. We are an NYSED-approved provider of the 3-Hour Mandated Autism Coursework Training/Certification. After successful completion of the training, participants are New York State Certified. For details, visit the NYSED website.

Professional Development and Staff Training

Nationally recognized faculty members at the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities provide training on several important topics related to promoting independence, inclusion, and quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities. Staff trainings are individualized to meet the unique needs and interests of groups. We offer training:

Educational Opportunities

Through the Warner School of Education, we offer a course sequence in autism spectrum disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis for certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA). Both the course sequence and practicum are approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Supervision is also available within the community for practicum experiences for a BCABA.

Our Team

All consultants on our team are faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and are specifically skilled at working with teams to translate current research into best practices in school, home, and community settings. Our consultants have extensive training and experience in Clinical and School Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Education with expertise in a broad range of developmental disabilities.