Assessment Teams in Schools

While a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is important, it does not always translate into next steps for educators, nor does it guarantee that a student will qualify for special education services through their local education agency (LEA).  Because of the importance of early identification and intervention for individuals with autism, Commonwealth Autism and the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (Va-LEND) have partnered to provide training on our comprehensive transdisciplinary autism assessment process

The Transdisciplinary Team Process represents the highest form of team functioning which is respectful and collaborative, helps to build trust and respect, and empowers family members as essential members of the team.

The Assessment Team seeks to determine:  



The team is introduced to the GOLD STANDARD ASSESSMENT TOOLS:


In addition, participants complete a series of training modules on a variety of topics including:

  • Team Functioning
  • Role of Related Service Providers
  • Family-Centered Practice
  • Report Writing
  • From Assessment to IEP
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Research Reliability
  • Advanced Administration & Coding

The team becomes more independent but continues to receive feedback through on-site coaching which supports on-going participant knowledge and competency.  Additionally, a designated team member begins the process of reliability training.


Certification in the CAS/Va-LEND-Autism Assessment Team Model
Best comprehensive conceptualization of child
Increased family involvement, dialogue and agreement
Highest Level of accuracy in assessment
Improved outcomes in school / life
Increased professional satisfaction













The following regions and school divisions have developed internal teams based on this model:

  • Alleghany County Public Schools
  • Amherst County Public Schools
  • Botetourt County Public Schools
  • Harrisonburg County Public Schools
  • Lynchburg City Public Schools
  • Richmond City Public Schools
  • Salem City Public Schools
  • Shenandoah Valley Regional Program
    • Shenandoah County Public Schools
    • Staunton City Public Schools
    • Rockingham County Public Schools
    • Page County Public Schools
    • Harrisonburg City Public Schools
    • Augusta County Public Schools

To learn more about our process and begin Autism Assessment Team training, contact us.