Portland Public Schools

  Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

Autism Services

What is Autism Services?

Autism Services supports school staff; including special education teachers, general education teachers, para-professionals and any staff needing support; as they work with students identified as have an eligibility of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability that affects how an individual is able to use verbal language, understand language and how an individual learns to interact with people and their environment.

Autism Services is working towards building capacity within school buildings to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Specialists and a para-coach will support schools by:
  • Providing trainings to schools staff in general education classes, learning centers and focus continuums, including para-educators, through professional development opportunities on the district learning campus, scheduled trainings within buildings or scheduled trainings for individual staff members.
  • Attending school special education staff meetings when requested to support teams in working with students with autism.
  • Providing access to resources through a building Autism Library, which can be checked out through your Autism Specialist.
  • A para-educator coach will also be able to support para-educators in working on creating independence and fading prompts in both the general education environment and in focus classrooms.

How can a building access training for staff?

A building can schedule a training for general education staff, special education staff, para-professionals or any other staff working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder by contacting Lauren Page. Additionally, training opportunities are available at Columbia Regional Program.

How can a team access the Autism Library?

The Autism Team has created an extensive library of materials that are available to be checked out through your Autism Consultant. This library includes, but is not limited to:
  • materials concerning social thinking
  • language, comprehension
  • video modeling
  • visual activities
  • strategies
To see what resources are available, check out the Autism Library sub-page.

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Autism Services Contacts

Thelina O'Daniel 
Program Administrator

Carlyn Eames
Autism Consultant

Rebekka Baker
Autism Consultant

Jennifer Caslavka
Autism Consultant

Shelley Cockburn
Autism Consultant

Sarah Hughes
Autism Consultant
Celine Viajar
Autism Consultant
Anne Harper 
Autism Consultant