What happens next? Follow-up from the children's toddler school program

Natacha Akshoomoff, Aubyn Stahmer, Christina Corsello, Nicole E. Mahrer

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This study was a follow-up of a group of 29 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders at age 2 who attended an inclusive toddler program until age 3. Children ranged in age from 4 to 12 years at the time of the parent survey and follow-up testing.The majority of children were placed in a special education (noninclusive) preschool class, but among the children who were in elementary school at the time of follow-up, 63% were in general education classroom placement. Diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders remained stable, socialization skills remained a weakness, and child-related parental stress remained high despite average cognitive and language skills in the majority of children. Social skill development and support remained a service need.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-253
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Positive Behavior Interventions
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 28 2010


  • autism spectrum disorders
  • early intervention
  • longitudinal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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