Autism Interdisciplinary Team

What is Autism?

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are served by a team approach where the services of special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, adaptive physical education teachers, paraprofessionals, and an autism coordinator come together to assist the regular educational staff in meeting the learning needs of our students.

Parents are considered a crucial part of the team, both for planning the services to be provided and in continuing the implementation of strategies in the home.

Interventions are provided in the following areas of development that commonly pose difficulties for our students with ASD: communication, social skills, academics, and behavior. Additionally, we address sensory issues and life skills from early childhood through high school. The Autism Interdisciplinary Team (AIT) sees each student as a unique individual, and interventions are therefore individualized to meet specific needs.

Many training sessions and workshops are offered throughout the year and are available to parents, educators, and paraprofessionals. Please contact one of the team members below for more information.

What role does the AIT play?

  • Screening: members of the AIT are trained to conduct screeners on students with autism spectrum traits. Members respond to requests as part of special education evaluations and coordinate with parents and outside agencies.

  • Observations: members of the AIT are available to conduct observations for students with confirmed or suspected ASD and report to staff with interventions and ideas to reduce disruptive behaviors and make academic activities more relevant and successful.

  • Consultation: AIT members consult with district staff to provide information and interventions for ASD.

  • Training: AIT members are available for individual, small-group, and large-group trainings on autism characteristics, the latest research, best practices, interventions, evaluations, and Individualized Education Plans (IEP's).

Team Members

Allie Dawson- Speech-Language Pathologist

Ada Farringer- WMS

Michelle Polvadore - School Psychologist

Elissa Hovey - School Psychologist

Jennifer Lewellen - Lincoln Elementary

Daniel Farley - Director of Special Programs

Rhiannon Nichols - Eisenhower Elementary

Amy Harvey - Occupational Therapist (OT)

Please use the CONSULTATION form for a student who has a DOCUMENTED AUTISM diagnosis.

Please use the TEAM REFERRAL form for a student who the school team suspects might be on the autism spectrum.