The Foundation for Autism Training and Education (FATE) has been an excellent training resource for our school district. Our staff and our students have greatly benefited from FATE’s efforts and their ability to provide free or low cost training in our state.
In 2005 Sedona Integrated Preschool Program was involved with a pilot program based on the research-based practices of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Analysis of Verbal Behavior. The guidance and support of these professionals, Tom Caffery, in improving the design of the classroom and helping us implement language-based programs for our students was invaluable. More recently in the 2007-2008 school year, several of our staff attended workshops in Mesa, Arizona and in Flagstaff, Arizona. Classroom teachers and staff were able to immediately use the strategies presented in the training and apply these teaching techniques with our students.
We are located in a rural area of Arizona and it is often difficult to get teachers and educational assistants to attend trainings, as travel is often required to Phoenix. Continued support and training is needed to help improve and maintain skills learned to further enrich the education of our students.
Ideally, we would like FATE to come to our schools and provide additional training and support on-site. A NOAZ training site could be secured to expand this option to include other NOAZ districts. Providing the support and training at our school site would provide training opportunities to our staff. It would also provide an opportunity for parents of our students to attend these workshops, and collaborate with their classroom teachers to effectively support our children with autism.
We sincerely thank FATE for the trainings offered in our state and we look forward to FATE returning to Arizona.
Susann Terry Gage
Special Education Director
Sedona-Oak Creek School District