Information about the OPI
Montana Autism Education Project
Autism Education Project is part of the Special Education Professional
OPI created the Montana Autism Education Project (MAEP) in 2010 in
response to a growing number of technical assistance and training requests by
schools educating students with autism spectrum disorder and Asperger’s
The Statewide Coordinator for the MAEP is Doug Doty (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The OPI Montana Autism Education Project provides the following
services to Montana public schools:
Consultation services for students identified with Autism Spectrum
Trainings in Autism Spectrum Disorder and related topics.
Online training in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Behavior Management.
A web site (blog) which provides information on autism-related trainings in
Montana, current research news, archived webinars and resources for educating
students with ASD, their teachers and their peers.
A monthly newsletter of upcoming trainings, recent blog posts of interest and
Public school staff can contact Doug Doty at email@example.com to request a consultation
visit. Please include a brief description of why you would like a consultation.
We will then assign an OPI Autism Consultant to visit.
Post-visit the district is given a written report of suggestions.
Follow-up visits are available.
Post-consultation survey results show that 99% of respondents
rated the consultation visit as useful or very useful.
The OPI Montana Autism Education Project provides numerous types
of in-person trainings:
District PIR Trainings: At the request of a district, MAEP staff will provide a
district in-service on topics related to autism.
Regional Trainings/Conferences: MAEP staff provide in-person trainings across
Montana. We also present at conferences including the CEC special education
conference and the MEA and MCEL conferences.
Sponsored Trainings: The MAEP has Montana and sometimes out-of-state presenters to
provide topic-specific autism trainings across Montana.
Training Scholarships: We provide a limited number of registration scholarships
for educators and pre-service education, psychology and speech-language
pathology students to attend the CEC conference, the Montana Speech Hearing
Association conference and the Montana Association of School Psychologist
conference (when the latter two have autism-related topics.)
Please contact Doug Doty at firstname.lastname@example.org
to request a district or regional training. Other training activities can
be found on our blog under the
Online Autism Training
We offer an online autism and behavior training curriculum.
Any person working in a public school district can take the training for free.
The training consists of 55 hours of videos showing educators working with
students on specific learning objectives. Each short video is followed by a
short multiple-choice quiz. The training is offered for OPI renewal units
and American Speech and Hearing Association continuing education units.
We conduct an online survey of those who completed the training.
Some of the survey results are:
98% of respondents say that online training is an effective or
extremely effective way to learn new information.
87% say they are better at understanding and preventing problem
83% say they are better at teaching students with autism.
You can find out more
about the training here
Our monthly newsletter includes information on upcoming
autism related training opportunities, recent blog posts of interest and
information about upcoming and archived webinars. The newsletter also includes
information on how to enroll in the online autism training and how to request
an autism consultation visit.
You can sign up for the autism and other OPI newsletters here.