USD 383 Autism Program
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are served by a team approach where the services of special education teachers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, adaptive physical education teachers, paraprofessionals and the autism coordinator are all available to come together to assist the regular educational staff meet the learning needs of our students.
Parents are considered a crucial part of the team both for planning the services to be provided and in continuing the implementation of some strategies in the home.
Interventions are provided in the following areas of development which commonly pose difficulties for our students with ASD: communication, social skills, academics, and behavior. Additionally, we also address sensory issues and life skills from early childhood through the high school years. Above all, we see each student as a unique individual and interventions are therefore individualized to meet specific needs.
Many training sessions and workshops are offered throughout the year and are available to parents, educators, and paraprofessionals. Please contact Kimberly Rieckmann, Assistant to the Autism Spectrum Coordinator, for more information.
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Helen J. Miller, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCBA, Autism Coordinator
Mrs. Miller is the Autism Spectrum Coordinator for USD 383. In this capacity she encourages research-based programming and provides training and consultation services to staff and parents working with students with autism spectrum disorders. She has a master's degree in speech-language pathology from Kansas State University, a master's degree in educational leadership and extensive training in autism from the University of Kansas, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Mrs. Miller has worked for over 20 years with students on the autism spectrum. She is the co-author of The Educator's Guide to Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Corwin Press, 2009). As part of the State of Kansas Regional Autism Committee, she is available to other school districts for consultation and was involved in writing the standards for autism in Kansas.
Kimberly Rieckmann, B.A., Assistant to the Autism Coordinator
Kimberly Rieckmann is the assistant to the Autism Spectrum Coordinator. She received a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Illinois and participates in ongoing training in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kimberly assists paraeducators and teachers who work with ASD students in the district. She also manages the ASD library and web page, and she creates materials for paras and teachers to use with students.
Susan Bergtold, B.S.N., Autism Office Volunteer
Susan Bergtold volunteers in the Autism office. She received her BSN at Radford University in 2002. She specialized in antepartum, labor, and delivery care in a regional level one hospital. Susan helps to create materials for teachers and paras to use with students. She also helps manage the ASD Library.
We have students with autism in every school in the district. Students are served in their home school with resource room assistance whenever this is most beneficial. When more services are necessary, students receive the services of an ASD classroom, specially designed to provide a quiet, non-distracting one-on-one learning environment, in the following schools:
Amanda Arnold Elementary School
Principal: Kathy Stitt
Teachers: Lori Scheuerman & Teal Wilson
Ogden Elementary School
Principal: Jim Armendariz
Teacher: Chloe Pyle
Anthony Middle SchoolPrincipal: Vickie Kline
Teacher: Carrie Andrade and Beth Conway
Eisenhower Middle SchoolPrincipal: Tracy Newell
Teacher: Julia Bieker
Manhattan High School
Principal: Greg Hoyt
East Campus Teacher: Conn Harrison
West Campus Teachers: Lena McKee, Eric Eklund, and Tiffany Stevenson