Albertville teachers learning specialized training to help children with autism

Northeast Alabama
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -  A group of teachers from Albertville City Schools are training this week to become the first group of teachers in Alabama to be registered behavior technicians.  Through the training, they are learning tools for specialized, effective therapy to help children with autism.

Beginning next school year, Albertville City Schools will have some reinforcement in their quest to educate students with special needs.

"Other schools in other states, out west and in the northeast, they've been doing this for 10 to 15 years and so we're excited, this is the first school district in Alabama to say 'hey we're ready to do this'," said Lindsay Chapman, Board Certified Behavior Therapist.

After completing the two-week training, the teachers will be certified in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.

"There's over 40 years of research showing this is how we should teach kids with special needs and specifically children with autism.  The research shows this is the most effective and efficient way in teaching them and teaching them to gain skills while also at the same time decreasing unwanted behaviors," said Chapman.

Candace O'Shields is a kindergarten teacher with Albertville City Schools, and said the certification could not come at a better time.

"Statistics are constantly on the rise with autism and ADHD so it's going to be great for the future of our kids," said O'Shields.  "Albertville City Schools is really on the up and up with that.  They're really thinking ahead and thinking forward."

Learn more about ABA therapy.

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