Autism Spectrum Disorders


Welcome to the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative Autism Spectrum Disorders website! This page has been developed for teachers, parents, administrators and other related service providers to provide information and tools to best meet the needs of students on the autism spectrum.

ASD Licensed Teacher/Consultant Services

Observe students in the school setting and consult with staff concerning:

  • implementation of Evidence Based Practices
  • behavior modification techniques
  • social communication needs
  • need for visual supports
  • environmental supports

Further educate staff (including paraprofessionals) through:

  • workshops/in-services
  • dissemination of literature/current research
  • handouts on specific areas of need/interest
  • organized trainings and study groups through NLSEC

Attend IEP meetings

  • provide ideas/suggestions for:
    - appropriate IEP goals/objectives
    - modifications and adaptations to general education curriculum
    - assistive technology needs
  • provide indirect services as outlined in the IEP

Consult with staff regarding evaluation procedures and concerns

  • make suggestions for evaluation tools and procedures
  • review evaluation plans and prior written notices
  • assist in the evaluation process
  • review the evaluation report to ensure correct identification
  • assist in the completion of a Functional Behavior Assessment and development of the Behavior Intervention Plan

Build capacity

  • meet with staff to:
    - discuss student successes and challenges
    - problem solve on a student-specific or classroom-specific level
    - provide resources and support
    - anticipate potential concerns and problem-solve accordingly

Contact Information

Jill Pring, M.Ed. – ASD & Behavior Consultant
Serving the districts of Barnum, Hermantown, Moose Lake, NLA, Proctor, Willow River
16 East Hwy 61
Esko, MN 55733
[email protected]
Phone: 218.655.5018 ext 7322

Mike Cohen – ASD & Behavior Consultant
Serving the districts of Carlton, Cloquet, Cromwell, Esko, Lake Superior, McGregor, Wrenshall
16 East Hwy 61
Esko, MN 55733
[email protected]
Phone: 218.655.5018 ext 7038

Parenting Together Support Group
A Support Group just for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


  • Dates: October-May
  • Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Facilitated by Jill Pring, Autism Consultant with the Northern Lights Special Education Coop
  • Come and join this informal atmosphere to share joys and struggles with other parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Contact Jill Pring at [email protected]

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