Professional Development in Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities

The Idaho SESTA Behavior Learning Team provides evidence based professional development for school based personnel on evidenced based practices to support students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and low incidence disabilities. Students with low incidence disabilities include students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, physical impairments, and multiple disabilities, those with blindness, deafness, deaf-blindness, and significant health issues. The professional development increases capacity to design and implement quality programs and instruction and is provided through local, regional and statewide training forums, webinars, Just-in-Time trainings, and coaching. Coaching supports are conducted virtually, on-site, and through appointments made with individual Behavioral Coordinators.

Information on online learning opportunities can be found here under Webinars.

How much do you know about Autism?

Every year the Utah Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (URLEND) trainees work collaboratively in small groups to conduct research and if appropriate produce a product from their research. Dr. Mitchell’s (CDHD) team in the 2015-16 academic year researched University Faculty and Staff’s understanding and knowledge of autism spectrum disorder. This group of 5 researchers collected data from five Universities and nearly 1000 participants. Upon compilation of the data, Dr. Mitchell wrote a script and Shawn Wright (CDHD) created a storyboard presentation conveying information the URLEND trainees feel is important to disseminate to those working with older adolescents and college students.

Watch the video



Idaho SESTA Behavioral Learning Team provides professional development with school and district staff members through integrated supports. Supports include virtual Office Hours as well as on-site and virtual coaching for school teams.
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Office Hours
Office Hours are scheduled appointments with individual Behavioral Coordinators via phone or video conference. Appointments offer an opportunity to access behavioral consulting, follow-up training, and guidance for implementation of evidence-based practices. Schedule Individual Office Hours

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On-site or Virtual Coaching
Coaching allows schools to access on-site or virtual guidance to support students at an individual or program-wide level. On-site coaching includes program and student evaluation that leads to the development of specific, evidence-based intervention plan. Review Behavior Coaching Agreement


Contact Us

Renee Miner
Associate Director of Statewide Technical Assistance(SESTA)
Boise State University
Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies
Yanke Research Park, 220 E Parkcenter Blvd - MS1740
Boise, Idaho 83706

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Phone: 1-844-IDSESTA (1-844-437-3782)