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Autumn Greenwood - M.S.Ed., Autism Consultant

Our Autism Consultant since 2014, currently contracted through the Willamette ESD located in Salem, Oregon.  Autumn has 8 years of classroom experience including 3 years of early intervention and the remainder for middle school life skills in Salem-Keizer schools.  Autumn completes all autism eligibility testing and screenings.  She spends the rest of her time traveling to buildings in our district directly supporting students, staff, and parents.  She also supports students at Polk County Day Treatment Center, Dallas Homeschool Charter, and Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools.  

-Autism Technician; Dallas High School

-Autism Technician; LaCreole Middle School

-Autism Support; Dallas School District #2

The Autism Team implements, consults and/or supports the following services:
  • staff skills training and support

  • individual student support

  • home visits and parent support (case by case)

  • mainstream classroom support

  • data collection & data analysis

  • create forms/templates/visual supports

  • student advocacy

  • accommodations assistance and tracking

  • transition consultation

  • social skills groups

  • organization skills training

  • emotional support, pre-sped autism screening

  • ASD book and materials lending program

  • career readiness consultation 

  • life skills consultation

  • and connections to community programs and activities

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Medical based: Performed by a licensed mental health professional. 

School Based:  Performed by a licensed autism specialist.  

The children's Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Autism Research.  (click to read the whole document)
Parents are often surprised to learn that a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) does not automatically entitle a student to special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Eligibility for special education services is based, rather, on an educational determination of a disability, which includes meeting not just the criteria for a specific disability (such as autism), but also finding that a student is in need of special services. Understanding the differences between a medical diagnosis and an educational determination of eligibility for special education services can help parents become better advocates for their children. 


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