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Stakeholder Definition of their role, and how they provide support to

individuals on the spectrum

Parent or Guardian “Parent” may be a biological or foster parent, a legal guardian, or


an individual who acts in place of the parent.

A ​parent or guardian​ supports individuals on the spectrum by


providing information about the child, including strengths and
needs, to service providers including the IEP or IFSP team. A
parent will relay family's priorities and help determine the
appropriateness intervention strategies (IRIS)

Special Education Teacher A ​Special Education Teacher is a​n expert in specialized


academic instruction. Their knowledge extends to
accommodations, modifications, and interventions.

Special education teachers support students with ASD by over


seeing data collection and implementing the services agreed upon
in an IEP. (IRIS)

General Education General Education Teachers provide instruction to typically


Teacher developing peers to students with ASD. General education
teachers include multi-subject and single subject teachers.

The general education teacher will support the student by providing


core academic instruction. A general educator should be present in
an IEP meeting if the student will be receiving instruction in the
general education classroom (IRIS)

Administrator School administrators are generally principals or other faculty


that are licenced to act in their absence.

Administrators support students by participating in an IEP​.

School Psychologist School Psychologist​s administer assessments and interpret the


results. (IRIS)

They support students by developing behavior plans, conducting


groups, and implementing interventions for individuals with ASD
(IRIS)

Speech-Language The role of the SLP is to help students with communication skills.
Pathologist They will collect data and report on SLP goals.

SLPs support students with ASD by working on social


communication (IRIS)

Occupational Therapist The role of the OT is to evaluate and provide services to students
with ASD related to academic activities and routines.

OTs support by addressing the need to dress independently, cope


with tactile or sensory issues, participate in social activities, or
manage transitions (IRIS)

Board Certified Behavior The role of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst is to assist with
Analyst assessment, interventions, and training on a behavioral level (IRIS)

BCBAs support students in the classroom and/or at home.

Physical Therapist The role of the ​Physical Therapist​ is to assess and provide
intervention for issues related to coordination, mobility, and other
motor behavior.

They can support students by helping them interact with the


environment of the school such as navigating around the school,
playground, and classroom. (IRIS)

Paraprofessional The role of the Paraprofessional is to provide additional support in


a variety of school settings.

Paraprofessionals support students with ASD by implementing


behavioral plans, working directly with the student, and facilitating
peer interactions (IRIS)

Vocational Specialist The role of the Vocational Specialist is to provide information on


post-secondary education, employment, options and career
development.

A vocational specialist can support students on the spectrum by


helping them to prepare for life outside of K-12 sand in the
community (IRIS)

Adapted Physical The role of the Adapted Physical Education Teacher is to assess
Education Teacher students and implement specialized physical education.

APE teachers support students by working with the student on


gross motor skills (Colorado APE)
Pediatrician The role of the Pediatrician is to screen for ASD and provide
medical services (​Kairys & Petrova, 2016)

Pediatricians support students with ASD by advocating for


the individual and facilitating specialized supports and
interventions outside the school setting.

Nutritionist The role of the Nutritionist is to address the nutritional needs of the
individual.

A nutritionist supports individuals with ASD by developing feeding


plans based on individual needs and preferences (IRIS)

Social Worker The role of Social Workers is to counsel with students.

Social workers support students with ASD whose academic,


behavioral, or social-emotional issues interfere with their
education. (IRIS)

References

IRIS Center. Autism spectrum disorder (part 1): An overview for educators
Perspectives & resources. Retrieved from:
https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/asd1/cresource/q2/p04/

Colarado Department of Education. Colorado adapted physical education. Retrieved from:


https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/brochure_ape_english

Kairys, S. W., & Petrova, A. (2016). Role of participation of pediatricians in the “activated
autism practice” program in practicing children with autism spectrum disorders at the primary
care setting. Global pediatric health, 3, 2333794X16663544.