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Smooth Sailing

Smooth Sailing is a professional development program designed for teachers, in collaboration with teachers. Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, our goal is to help general education teachers in early elementary school grade classrooms enhance their skills for interacting with and teaching students with autism. The program focuses on strategies to develop positive student-teacher relationships and to improve student academic engagement. Dr. Yasamin Bolourian served as the Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the California project site. 


If you are a K-2nd grade teacher who has at least one student with autism in your general education classroom, you may be eligible to participate in the Fall 2023.


For more information, please visit the project website at

or complete the sign-up form

To learn about research findings that have come out of the Smooth Sailing Study thus far, please visit the publications page.

Smooth Sailing is funded by the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES; R324A230223) and has IRB approval from the University of California, Riverside, with an authorization agreement from the University of Massachusetts Boston IRB. Principal Investigator at UCR: Dr. Jan Blacher | Site Principal Investigator at UMB: Dr. Abbey Eisenhower

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