Atlanta’s Marcus Autism Center provides specialized learning to CCSD school psychologists.
Through ongoing professional learning CCSD school psychologists ensure quality services and resources for students and families.
The team of school psychologists in CCSD provide over 2,000 student evaluations each year so it is important to be proficient in the most up-to-date diagnostic and assessment techniques. Ongoing professional learning promotes proficiency in evaluation of all disability areas with a recent focus on the assessment of students with autism.
School psychologists in CCSD have engaged in professional learning activities with Marcus Autism Center staff to develop critical skills related to identification of students with autism. Dr. Cheryl Klaiman, Program Director of Diagnostic Services at Marcus Autism Center, conducted a two-day training on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition(ADOS-2) with CCSD school psychologists in October 2019. On the district-wide professional learning day in January the learning experience continued with a visit to the Marcus Center for direct observations of an ADOS-2 administration, visits with clinicians working in the Severe Behavior and Feeding programs and tours of the Language and Learning Clinic and Preschool Program to learn about the various supports available at the Marcus Center.
By continuing to learn about family supports, care coordination services and research participation opportunities CCSD school psychologists are better equipped to help meet the needs of CCSD students and families.
Christy Jaffe, Ph.D., Supervisor
Contributing Author: Kim Saye, Ph.D., CCSD Psychological Services