ERIC Number: ED185796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Autism: Assessment of Needs within Heartland Education Agency: A Study Committee Report.
Boettcher, William D.; And Others
The educational needs of 73 children who exhibited characteristics associated with autism were studied. Ss were children clinically diagnosed as autistic and having severe communication and behavior disorders. Trained observers completed behavioral observations, teacher interviews, student record reviews, and behavior and language questionnaires. Teachers also completed the questionnaires. Twenty-seven Ss were judged autistic without reservation, 11 were judged autistic with reservation, 10 were judged nonautistic with reservation, and 25 were judged nonautistic. For each child the observers further determined the most appropriate program delivery option and support services, the need for a data based behavior program, and communication level. The distribution by age, county of residence, and communication level suggested the need for five self contained categorical classes (or equivalent programing) for autistic students. Inservice recommendations were also made. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heartland Education Agency, Ankeny, IA.