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Providing Evidence-Based Individualized Supports to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Description

Existing support systems in many schools do not sufficiently meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and there is a wide gap between what is known from research regarding best practices and current educational practices. Our curriculum, Students with Autism Accessing General Education (SAAGE) is intended to address this gap. SAAGE is a modular approach to intervention that contains system features to enhance school capacity and evidence-based, student-specific interventions. A collaborative team that includes family members, teachers, and other relevant stakeholders drives development and implementation of interventions for each student with co-occurring ASD and intellectual disabilities.


About the Presenter(s)

Krystal Fontechia

Krystal Fontechia

Krystal has been working with individuals with autism and their families since 2007. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who provides behavioral health services and graduate training within the Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention, a Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources specialized clinic in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida. Krystal specializes in conducting functional behavior assessments and developing behavior intervention plans for individuals with severe challenging behaviors. In addition, Krystal is the research coordinator for Students with Autism Accessing General Education (SAAGE), a three-year, multi-center project to increase the quality of educational services and access to inclusive settings for students with co-occurring autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) in elementary school settings. Krystal is also a mother of two young children and enjoys spending free time with her family.

Rocky Haynes

Rocky Haynes

Rocky Haynes received his master’s degree in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He has been working in the field of ABA since 2007 with a variety of populations including autism, intellectual disabilities, child abuse and neglect, gerontology and organizational behavior management. Currently, Rocky serves as a research assistant/behavior analyst on Dr. Rose Iovannone’s grant Students with Autism Accessing General Education (SAAGE) Model and is a behavior analyst at the Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention. Additionally, he is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida, within the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program. Rocky is passionate about making meaningful change in individual's lives using the principles of applied behavior analysis.