MESA Project

Technical Assistance

Education—both directly of children, and of parents and teachers — is currently the primary form of treatment for autistic spectrum disorders.

Educating Children With Autism
Committee on Educational Interventions
for Children with Autism
National Research Council, 2001

  • Training
  • Technical assistance
  • On-site collaborative consultation
  • Mentoring, coaching and demonstration teaching
  • Information dissemination
  • Program evaluation and quality assurance
  • Links to educators and professionals from other disciplines


  • Increased capacity of schools and service providers to provide appropriate assessments and effective programs for children with ASD.
  • Retention of qualified personnel
  • Enhanced partnerships with families
  • Families, schools and service providers are supported at the local, regional and state levels.
  • Children with ASD reach goals of personal independence and social responsibility
  • School Support  Services are provided by an interdisciplinary team consisting of certified special education teachers, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists.