Early Intervention Practices for Children With Autism: Descriptions From Community Providers

Aubyn Stahmer, Nicole M. Collings, Lawrence A. Palinkas

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Across the country, states are reporting increases in the number of children With autism enrolled in the education system. Although a feW specific treatment methods have been established as efficacious for some children With autism in controlled settings, research examining the translation of these treatments into early intervention programs has been minimal. The current study examined provider self-reports of the use of interventions in community settings through focus groups. Providers report the use of both evidence-based and non—evidence-based techniques and indicate that they often combine and modify these techniques based on child, personal, and external factors. FeW providers had a clear understanding of evidence-based practice, and all providers reported concerns about adequate training. Implications for early intervention research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-79
Number of pages14
JournalFocus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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