Birch Training Institute
The Birch Training Institute has been offering, since 1972, professional staff development, program consultation and training, and general education to groups or individuals seeking to expand their expertise and capacity to provide services to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related development disabilities.
The principal goal of the Birch Training Institute (BTI) is to train professionals to utilize best practices to support people with disabilities of all ages to realize their full potential.
Those who have participated in BTI training appreciate Birch’s turn-key approach to learning and the helpful information provided. Administrators particularly appreciate the cost-effectiveness of quick, in-depth and hands-on learning that allow their staff to easily implement effective methods immediately following training.
BTI staff have developed specialized training specific to the needs of the customer. While most training is done on-site, when large numbers of staff require training, or if follow-up training is needed to help staff utilize new tools and information, BTI can arrange off-site training and follow-up.
Birch classrooms in Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn serve as training sites for individuals, families, school districts, and community agencies affected by ASD or other related developmental disabilities.
Birch provides a range of onsite consultation services to school districts and other service providers in areas of individual consultation, program design, training, problem solving and professional development.
Birch Autism Training is primarily based on methods from Structuring the Education of Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder. This incorporates structured teaching, individualized instruction, and a focus on communication and socialization.