Educators learn to help autistic students perform everyday routines

Release Date: 
3/9/2012

More than 30 people came together at the InterMountain Education Service District to learn about a program designed to teach children with autism how to independently perform everyday tasks.

The FACTER training – Functional Assessment and Curriculum for Teaching Everyday Routines – brought together special education teachers, school administrators and instructional assistants, as well as IMESD autism specialists, for two days of learning. FACTER gave participants in the program ideas of how to best teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities how to independently perform typical everyday “routines.”

FACTER was brought to IMESD in collaboration with the Oregon Regional Programs Autism Training Sites (ORPATS). ORPATS has worked since 2003 to develop a system of sites available to train staff on how to use a proactive approach to individualizing services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. By building state and local capacity through a systematic training protocol, large numbers of staff can be more thoroughly trained in an efficient, research-based replicable model.

IMESD currently supports ORPATS training sites in Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, LaGrande, and Baker City.