Amber Ealey, Program Coordinator
TMCSEA provides a wide array of services to districts, students, and families to assist in building effective educational supports for children with autism spectrum disorders. These services include autism assistance, staff development, lending library, ADOS evaluations and a variety of resources for both schools and home at no cost for our member districts.
The Autism Assistance Team is comprised of a group of highly trained individuals from a variety of disciplines who observe the student within the school setting or at home and provide recommendations as well as examples of visual supports, social stories and other social supports and ongoing ideas for accommodations and modifications.
The Autism Lending Library is located at Schramm Educational Center, 300 Cedar Street, Pekin, IL 61554. There are over 100 books, DVDs and other materials that can be checked out to member district staff. Contact Jessica Willoby, Receptionist/Secretary Schramm Educational Center.
Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS) The ADOS is a semi-structured assessment of communication, social interaction, and play (or imaginative use of materials) for individuals who have been referred because of a possible autism spectrum disorder.
The goal of the ADOS is to provide standardized information concerning the diagnosis of autism in the areas of social behavior, use of vocalization/speech and gesture in social situations, play and interests. Structured activities and materials provide standard contexts in which social interactions, communication, and other behaviors relevant to autism spectrum disorders are observed.
Staff Development Training provides basic overview of characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and how to better assist those students in the classroom and school environment. Trainings can be modified to meet a district's specific needs.
TMCSEA helps build local capacity in establishing effective educational supports and programming for children with autism spectrum disorders. This includes a four day Experiential Practicum during the summer for staff from our member districts as well as on-going support throughout the school year.