Answer the following question:Which of the consultant/coaching protocol steps would you consider essential when providing consultation to a teacher of a student with ASD? Defend your choice.
Respond to each student disscussion:
I believe the most essential role of the consultant is to observe and collect data on the student. It is important for the consultant to understand the student fully by figuring out strengths and weaknesses across multiple settings. If consultations can determine the present levels of performance, understand the communication of the student, and determine the functions of the behaviors, then it can become easier for the consultant to provide evidence-based practices that can be implemented in the classroom with fidelity. The collaboration among the consultant and the teacher must occur and the staff must have willingness to learn strategies for the classroom. After collecting data, programs, accommodations, modifications, and goals can be developed that meet the needs of the student. These strategies can be directly created by the observations that occurred first.
(T) The protocol of the COMPASS model is explicit, and each step is important for the model to be effective. Observing the student is essential, however, the information from the observation needs to be used to determine goals. Teachers are responsible to use the teaching plan to guide their instruction to ensure objectives are being taught. I think step 3 is vital for teacher accountability. The interview provides teachers opportunities to discuss what worked and any changes that need to be made. This form is not a formal evaluation, but a way for teachers to improve instruction for student success.
(SHA)Although I believe observation and data collection is very important, I believe collaboration between the teacher and the consult through the use of the Joint Summary Form is the most essential step in providing consultation for a student with ASD. Collecting information from a variety of team members into the Joint Summary Form sets the stage and guides the meeting (Ruble, Dalrymple, & McGrew, 2012). The Joint Summary Form gathers information from all those that know and work with the student creating a full picture of the students strengths and weaknesses prior to the consultants observation. Observation should take places in a variety of settings to get a full picture of the student with ASD.
Ruble, L., Dalrymple, N. J., & McGrew, J. H. (2012). Collaborative model for promoting competence and success for students with ASD. New York: Springer.