ERIC Number: ED486480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Autism Program Quality Indicators: A Self-Review and Quality Improvement Guide for Programs Serving Young Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fall 2004
Librera, William, L.; Bryant, Isaac; Gantwerk, Barbara; Tkach, Barbara
New Jersey Department of Education
This document is the direct result of a panel of nearly three dozen autism experts in New Jersey from the fields of education, medicine and psychology. The panel reviewed research findings and best practice models with a major emphasis on the conclusions and recommendations of the National Research Council and on documents from other states, especially the Autism Program Quality Indicators produced by the New York State Education Department. Educators and parents can use this document as a guide that describes effective models of educating students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including: Autistic Disorder; Asperger's Disorder; Pervasive Developmental Disorder; Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS); Rett Disorder and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. The APQI can serve as a tool for parents and professionals engaged in program evaluation. Although the guidelines described have not been linked specifically to successful outcomes, they do represent best practices from clinical experience and research findings. It is important to note that these guidelines will be most helpful in responding to needs of young children with autism, between the ages of three and eight. In addition, school districts can use the APQI in their self-review of programs and their quality improvement efforts. The guidelines provide districts with information and guidance to plan, improve and administer programs for students with autism. Appended are: (1) Summary Documents (Applied Behavior Analysis and Developmental Individual Difference Relationship-based Model); (2) Unsupported Treatments and Services; (3) Web Resources; (4) Eligibility Category; and (5) Transition Summary Forms.
Descriptors: Autism, Educational Quality, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Guidelines, Teaching Methods, School Districts, Program Development
New Jersey Department of Education, 100 River View Plaza, P.O. Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500. Web site: http://www.state.nj.us/education/.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: Education.; New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Office of Special Education Programs.