Westfield Autism Team
The Purpose of WAT
WAT is a multidisciplinary support team that consists of individuals who represent the nine school buildings within the Westfield Washington School district. WAT’s goal is to serve as a resource and a support base to the child’s multidisciplinary team (parents, teachers, administrators, therapists, and support staff).
WAT’s purpose is to:
- Help increase understanding of autism spectrum disorders and associated programming needs.
- Facilitate problem-solving by collaborating with the child’s multidisciplinary team.
- Disseminate information to assist in providing effective programming for students.
WAT’s purpose is not to:
- Diagnose autism spectrum disorders
- Participate in case conferences.
When should I contact WAT?
WAT Referral Flowchart
A concern can be generated by a classroom or special education teacher, administrator, special area teacher, family member, or other personnel involved in the student’s educational team.
- Concern for a student identified with Autism
- Contact Teacher of Record
- Contact Building WAT Member
- Referral to WAT
- WAT Consultation
- WAT Observation
- Referral to Westfield Washington Schools Autism Specialist
What happens during a “consultation ” or an “observation” from the WAT?
At each step, either a solution will be found or WAT will move to the next level on the flowchart.
When a referral is made to a member of the WAT, the first step will be a consultation. During a consultation, members of WAT will discuss concerns and generate strategies to promote success.
When concerns are still present after strategies have been fully implemented, the WAT may conduct a classroom observation of the student upon request. After the observation, the WAT will meet with the student’s educational team and family to share information, to help develop a resource plan, to make recommendations for programming, and to answer questions
WAT is working on….
Strengthening staff resources in the following areas:
- Staff support
- Social Interactions
- Academic Interventions
How do I access the Autism Team if I need information about Autism Spectrum Disorders or related Services?
You may contact your building WAT member to access the WAT. Each WAT member has information on various topics.
Special Education Director
Dr. Chase Stinson
Carla Butorac—Washington Woods
Carol Cramer—Shamrock Springs
K-6 Level Members
Chloe Diedam—Monon Trail
Jodi Hardt - Washington Woods
Ashley Sullivan- Maple Glen
Christine Pepiot– Oak Trace
Tisha Syrus– Monon Trail, SLP
Holly Foltz—Westfield Intermediate
Abby Neal– Shamrock Springs
7-12 Level Members
Laura Arrington- Westfield Middle School
Teri VanderWyden– High School
Cherie Hagemeier - School Psychologist
Jill Esterle– OT