Key Autism Indicators and Training (KAIT)
Rising autism rates challenge schools serving individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or a related disability across the life span.
The Key Autism Indicators and Training (KAIT) Project will develop the capacity of staff to create model programs based on eight key autism indicators that reflect quality programming and best practices. These demonstration sites will become examples of effective practices for others to emulate.
The Key Autism Indicators
- Inclusive practices
- Social development
During the initial months, the project coordinator will recruit members for the KAIT Advisory Team which will consist of experts in the field of autism and training. The KAIT Advisory Team will design and coordinate the application process for a statewide pool to become a pilot demonstration site, refine data collection and evaluation procedures, and review action plan goals. Additionally the KAIT Advisory Team will monitor the progress of the project throughout the grant.
- Collaborate with selected teams
- Offer hands on training
- Offer technical assistance
- Offer consultation
- Select 3 to 5 pilot sites each year for program participation
- Create model programs to reflect quality programming and best practices
- Project trainers (experts in ASD field) will provide training on each key indicator
- Help implement the training into the classroom practices
- Provide an electronic discussion group to support and encourage each other
- Have scheduled conference calls or network meetings
- Provide implementation checks with advice on the use of the strategies in the classroom
2009-2010 Selected Sites:
School districts will be encouraged to apply to be a part of this pilot intensive training program. Between three (3) and five (5) school districts will be selected to participate. Each district will identify their team of people to be trained. School districts will identify their Teams of four (4) to six (6) members, which could include teachers, aides, support services, and administration.
The selected school district will be expected to commit to sending the full team to 7 days of training. Initial plans are to have two (2) – two (2) day trainings during the second semester of the school year and the remaining 3 days in June, after school is out. School districts will be responsible for any travel and lodging cost. Additionally, school districts are expected to be an active partner in the coaching process and in the implementation of grant goals.
KAIT is a grant awarded to the SC Autism Society and funded by The Developmental Disability Council of SC.