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School Consultation on Inclusion Practices

The Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health (CAECMH) at Montclair State University offers school consultation on inclusion practices as well as a variety of related professional development opportunities.

All services offered through the CAECMH are rooted in the interdisciplinary field of early childhood mental health and a developmental perspective on the spectrum of ability. More information on these topics may be found on Guiding Principles.

Inclusion Offerings

In accordance with the New Jersey Special Education Administrative Code (6A:14), certified and/or licensed specialists from the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health (CAECMH) provide the following services to school districts throughout New Jersey:

Evaluation of students who may need special education programs and services

  • Consultation with school staff and parents, including facilitation of interdisciplinary team meetings and classroom-based embedded consultation

Training of school staff

Workshops on topics including:

  • Facilitation of Engagement and Language
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Rethinking Challenging Behaviors
  • Self-Regulation and Positive Behavior Support
  • Inclusion and Principles of Universal Design for Learning
  • Understanding Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ongoing reflective practice/supervision

Designing, implementing and evaluating techniques addressing academic and behavioral difficulties, including the development of IEP goals that are:

  • Observable and measureable
  • Aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Inclusive of the Principles of Universal Design for Learning

Related services to students with special needs and their families, including:

  • Counseling services for students experiencing academic, social/emotional and/or behavioral difficulties
  • Counseling and/or training services for parents to assist them in understanding the special education and developmental needs of their children

Preventative and support services to students without identified special needs

  • Zippy’s Friends
  • Circle of Security
  • Brazelton’s Touchpoints
  • Participation on intervention and referral services teams

For more information, call 973-655-6685 or email caecmh@montclair.edu.