The Administrators Guide to Building and Maintaining a Comprehensive Autism Program

By Mary Schillinger

Services and programming are fertile ground for disputes between districts and parents of students with autism due to complex student needs, costs and parents' high expectations. Stop relying on a hodge-podge of unproven methods that lead to inadequate student progress and frustrated staff. Here's your one-stop guide to building a reliable system for determining and delivering appropriate services and ultimately avoiding lawsuits.

Written for district administrators by a district administrator, it's a firsthand account of how one public school district created a high-quality, legally compliant — and therefore legally defensible — program.

Mary Schillinger leaves nothing out … describing each program component plus research-based practices to implement it, so you know how to:

  • Create a strategic plan and market it to all stakeholders
  • Evaluate specific areas of your current program and pinpoint shortcomings
  • Establish data collection, reporting and analysis systems for more informed decision-making
  • Anticipate and react to disputes with parents before they turn into complaints

To ensure all your questions are answered, you also get analysis of legal issues and key case law by a noted school attorney; insights into ABA therapy by an accomplished therapist; plus checklists, forms and a Sample Strategic Plan.

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