W-17: How Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) Can Be Implemented to Address Behavioral and Social Challenges of Students with ASD
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Students with ASD often display challenging behaviors that impede their adaptive, academic and social development. We also know that challenging behaviors are a major barrier to inclusive education and integrated work participation. We also know that school psychologists are called upon by educators for support with their challenging students. This session will describe CAPTAIN (California Autism Professional Training And Information Network), a multiagency network developed to support the understanding and use of Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) for individuals affected by ASD. Specifically, the speaker will discuss why school is challenging for students with an ASD and how EBPs can be implemented to prevent and respond to challenging behaviors as well as to support the development of prosocial skills and strategies that lead to independence. Practical strategies will be described that the school psychologist can recommend when they are called upon for support in the classroom.

Ann England, M.A., CCC-SLP-L is the Assistant Director, Diagnostic Center, Northern California, CDE. She is the Co-Coordinator of California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN), which provides training and resources to teachers, social workers and families throughout the state. She is also a PENT Leader (Positive Environments, Network of Trainers) and most recently served as an appointee to the CDE Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP) Stakeholder Workgroup.