Spreading Awareness and Acceptance of Autism
The idea to expand awareness and acceptance around autism began in 1970 by The Autism Society of America. In 1972, they launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, and that evolved into Autism Acceptance Month, which is now recognized each April.
During Autism Acceptance Month, we’d like to expand awareness around the positive impact of behavior analysis and intervention for students with autism and to celebrate one of our own, who is devoted to helping her students thrive.
Behavior Analysis and Intervention for Autism
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) has yielded the most promising results of any research area to date in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders (Matson et al.). We’re pleased to spotlight a professional who knows the value of behavior analysis and intervention firsthand and is devoted to delivering these critical services for her students, no matter the obstacles:
Behavior Intervention Developer Joanne P.
In the face of school closures due to the pandemic, Joanne has dedicated herself to ensuring her students have the best support available. Here’s a success story she recently shared regarding a student who has autism:
“The current learning environment really forced me to get creative with behavior interventions. With consistency, collaboration, and communication between the behavior team, school, and home, our kiddo is thriving! He is navigating his schedule independently, attending all of his distance learning classes, completing his assignments, and he even made the honor roll. I am so proud of his progress and achievements.”
This is just one example of the wonderful work our professionals are doing to improve the lives of young people with autism. We’re proud to work with Joanne and honored that she has chosen Cross Country Education. Thanks Joanne!
To learn more about how you can expand awareness and acceptance around autism, visit autismacceptance.org. Interested in learning more about opportunities with Cross Country Education? Join our talent network!