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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects an individual’s ability to communicate and socialize. Autism cannot be cured, but early intervention and appropriate educational planning can minimize the effects and provide improvement in the areas of communication and socialization. An increase in autism prevalence has been a matter of great concern to educators and parents. Autism presents some unique challenges. At times, individuals with ASD have challenging or problem behavior that can interfere with the individual’s learning, social acceptance, and opportunity for inclusion in their community. There is no one type of teaching approach or methodology …

Karen Hamilton Barineau is an Autism Specialist for DeKalb County Schools, Stone Mountain, Georgia. She has 21 years of experience working with students with disabilities. In her current job, she consults with teachers on behavior, curriculum and instruction, and helps them implement the strategies in their classroom. Ms. Barineau also provides district level training on the Georgia Performance Standards for individuals with disabilities and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. She has presented training for parents and professionals on a local, state, and national level.Holly Steinkamp is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for DeKalb County Schools, Stone Mountain, Georgia. Ms. Steinkamp has experience …

Mo Buti, M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN, Chicago, Illinois. In field of special education, over 24 years, Ms. Buti has worked with children, and now adults, diagnosed with severe/profound, moderate, mild and autism disabilities. She holds a Director of Special Education degree/certificate from Illinois and type 75 certificate. She was a teacher, Autism consultant and Chicago Public School’s administrator, managing the Autism and Low Incidence Department for many years. Currently, Ms. Buti is a private Autism Educational Specialist and a dynamic international presenter, in addition to the Director of Neumann Family Services. She has a passion for learning, making visual modifications to support …