• 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   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.


     How can a building access training for staff? 

    A building can request training for general education staff, special education staff, para-professionals or any other staff working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder by going to our PPS SPED Professional Development Site. 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

    Office phone 503-916-3152
Title Name Email
Program Administrator Jon Williams jwillia1@pps.net
Autism Consultant Carlyn Eames ceames@pps.net
Autism Consultant Rebekka Baker rbaker2@pps.net
Autism Consultant Jennifer Caslavka jcaslavk@pps.net
Autism Consultant Celine Viajar cviajar@pps.net
Autism Consultant Anne Harper aharper1@pps.net
Autism Consultant Sarah Hughes shughes@pps.net