Academic Support Services

Improving the academic skills necessary for children with ASD and related neurodevelopmental disorders to thrive in their educational settings

Every child can learn if you teach them properly

CCSN provides academic interventions, consultation, and training to improve conceptual and applied understanding of reading comprehension and other complex academic skills to serve all students better. Our focused approach uses explicit instruction to enhance students' learning skills.

The Academic Support Services at CCSN provide individualized educational evaluation and intervention services tailored to the learning needs of children with ASD and other complex developmental disabilities. We offer evidence-based interventions utilizing psychological and applied behavior analysis (ABA) methodologies to address issues relating to reading comprehension, decoding, written expression, and mathematics.

Summer Reading Clinic

Many students with Autism Spectrum Disorders have difficulties with reading comprehension. We can help.

Reading interventions that are specifically tailored to students with developmental disabilities, including Autism, are critical, given the importance of reading to both academic success and successful life in the community.

The Summer Reading Clinic at CCSN is an intensive 4-week one-to-one reading program designed to address your student’s individual reading needs. Our program focuses on helping students understand what they read and connect it to knowledge that they already have.

To learn more about the Summer Reading Program or to register, please Contact Us.

Academic Support Services

CCSN provides individual case consultation to build the capacity of school teams to address their student’s academic deficits.

Case consultation can be provided to teachers on:

  • Implementing skill development programs.
  • Generalizing acquired skills to the regular education curriculum.
  • Developing IEP goals and objectives specific to the student’s needs informed by evidence-based interventions.

Workshops & Professional Development Trainings

Our clinical team provides a range of talks, in-service trainings, and workshops for parents and educators regarding reading and reading comprehension skill development with an emphasis on supporting the needs of learners with ASD and other learning challenges.

Workshops and trainings


Assessing and Addressing the Cognitive/Academic Needs of Complex Learners

Date: August 15, 2019 Time: 9:00 – 4:30



Students who have complex needs, including cognitive, academic, motor, social-emotional, and/or behavioral impairments, often present as puzzles to educators. Conducting assessments that are informative and will guide instruction, as well as delivering programming that appropriately meets the needs of these learners can present with challenges to even the most invested of educators.

This workshop is designed to develop greater competency in assessing and addressing the needs of students with complex needs in the cognitive and academic domains.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Choose what is important to assess within the targeted domain
  • Select appropriate evaluation instruments
  • Modify assessment, as necessary, to capture the important information
  • Use the information obtained to drive instruction and intervention

The day will consist of dynamic learning opportunities including discussion of research-based methodologies to choose and modify assessments to better understand learner’s areas of strength and weakness. Participants will have the opportunity to practice choosing and modifying assessments, using assessment results to drive instructional and intervention targets, and modifying instruction/intervention based on assessment.


Workshop for Teaching Reading Comprehension to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Date: August 20th 2018 Time: 9:00-4:30


Given the importance of reading to both academic success and successful functioning in the community, reading interventions that are specifically tailored to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders are critical. This workshop is designed to develop greater competency in addressing the learning profiles of students within this population who have mastered the techniques of decoding text, but struggle with comprehension.

This dynamic learning opportunity will include discussion of research-based methodologies to improve student learning within the broad curriculum domain of reading comprehension skills. More specifically, the essential building blocks of successful reading comprehension will be reviewed including vocabulary, background information, literal comprehension, inferencing, main idea, and the application of cognitive strategies to support reading comprehension. Lesson plans for component reading comprehension skills based on the principles of behavior analysis will be reviewed and participants will have the opportunity to implement plans targeting specific skills in this domain. Participants will have the opportunity to practice data collection and analysis to inform instruction and learn about potential accommodations and modifications for specific learning profiles.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify the building blocks of reading comprehension.
  • Participants will be able to read a lesson plan outlining steps for teaching reading comprehension skills.
  • Participants will understand the sequential steps that lead to target skill acquisition.
  • Participants will be able to implement steps within a lesson plan that addresses a component of reading comprehension (e.g., main idea).
  • Participants will be able to implement prompting hierarchies for steps within their identified sequence.
  • Participants will be able to utilize data collection protocols to inform decision making.
  • Participants will identify potential accommodations and modifications to lesson plans.


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School Consultations

Partnering with school districts to enhance capacity to support the needs of all students

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Ecological Assessments

Our team will work with students and educators to understand the learning demands of each educational environment and provide a map for student learning

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Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)

Helping families and educators understand a child's challenging behavior and develop effective solutions

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Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)

Expert assessments of student's needs and their educational programming

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