The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum DisordersCSESA Research ActivitiesCSESA Leadership Activities

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA) is a research and development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on developing, adapting, and studying a comprehensive school and community-based education program for high school students on the autism spectrum.

CSESA Research Activities

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA) has conducted a series of research activities including focus groups, small pilot studies, and a large scale randomized control trial to develop, refine, and evaluate a comprehensive intervention program for high schools serving individuals on the autism spectrum. Learn more about our research through a review of our presentations and publications.

CSESA Leadership Activities

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA) is a national leader in the discussion of adolescence, autism, and high school. We have developed many resources that can be accessed and used by individuals on the autism spectrum, families, educators, researchers, and/or other community members.

700+

students and families participated in CSESA research activities

60

60 schools currently involved in the CSESA study

20+

resources available for educators, families, and students

Research Activities

Conference Presentations

The CSESA research team has presented findings at local, national, and international conferences since 2012. This page provides all conference presentations.

Articles

The CSESA research team has written journal articles that cover a variety of topics related to education for high schoolers on the autism spectrum and our CSESA findings. This page provides a brief description of the articles, and links to the journal articles.

Key Resources

Autism at-a-Glance

These short handouts covering important topics for youth and young adults on the autism spectrum, designed specifically for families, educators, practitioners, community members and more.

CSESA Intervention Materials

The intervention materials include intervention manuals, training presentations, webinars, and other resources for interventions designed for high school staff to implement with students on the autism spectrum. The interventions cover four domains (reading comprehension, independence and behavior, peer and social competence and transition and families), as well as CSESA foundational materials (assessments, goal scaling).

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What People Say About CSESA

“These are skills you can take with you to college.”

– Peer about her experiences in Peer Networks

“I think that the more [my son] interactions with positive peers, the more comfortable he becomes with all interactions.”

– Parent about her son’s experiences in a Peer Network

“It was exciting to see how quickly [the student] learned the steps to the task analysis and how quickly he began implementing his new strategies.”

– Teacher about a student’s progress in independence

“My student was bringing all 6 of his binders to my class, and assignments were getting lost.  It was also disruptive to have him spreading out all his stuff. His new organized binder, with just a folder for each class, has helped him be much more organized.”

– Teacher about how independence and behavior intervention helped a student

“I never understood how social students with disabilities really are. Getting to know [the student] has really opened my eyes to my peers with disabilities.”

– Peer about participating in Peer Supports