This service is designed to help community members better understand and support individuals with autism. For schools, training is available for students and staff to become more aware and understand the challenges that students with autism can face. The goal of the program is to encourage students to accept, include and support their peers with autism in school and in after-school activities. It is also designed to provide teachers with information and strategies so they can continue to support, encourage and foster inclusive relationships among their students throughout the school year. This program is also designed to support or complement any anti-bullying program that might already be in place at a school. It includes all or some of the following:
Interactive presentation to students and teachers
Pre and post survey of effectiveness
List of strategies for teaching students with autism
List of activities and resources available for the teacher to use and incorporate throughout the school year
Autism Awareness Training for staff and peers for public and private schools
Who Receives Autism Awareness Training
Autism Awareness Training can be provided for a wide variety of entities, including schools, first responders, and community centers. When working with schools, this program is designed for students and teachers/school staff that have a classmate/student with autism in their classroom/school. We will work with the school administration, teachers and parents to assure that we provide the appropriate content and approach so as to meet the school and students’ needs. The program can be presented in one school period and can address a single classroom at a time, or if appropriate it can be provided to a larger group of students by combining classes (usually two same grade level classrooms).
AZA United's Approach
AZA United believes in a family-centered approach to services in which parents and professionals work collaboratively to develop and implement effective treatments. We believe that by listening to the needs of the family we can help make meaningful changes that improve quality of life for individuals affected by autism and their families.
This program is currently being offered to schools in Maricopa County FREE of charge for a limited time, thanks to the generous grant support of our program sponsors.