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ERIC Number: ED559769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 225
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3033-2481-9
Inclusion-Based Afterschool Program Evaluation: A Capstone Research Project
Earl, Kristine N.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Wingate University
Autism spectrum disorder is characterized as a complex brain disorder that impacts the life of an individual (Autism Society, n.d.; Autism Speaks, 2013). The prevalence of autism is on the rise (Baio, 2012; CDC, 2012), impacting the stress of the family (Haimer, 2012; Hall & Graff) and the need for services (Haney, 2012). This capstone study evaluates the Autism Foundation of the Carolina's (AFC's) Inclusion-based Afterschool Enrichment Program for Children with Autism. To evaluate the after school program, a mix-methods study was conducted. Participant data were analyzed against national, state, and local statistics to confirm the AFC is serving the identified population comparatively. Parents and program staff participated, providing quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate key components of the program that impact participating children with autism making progress on goals. Program staff and parents ranked the program with a high level of satisfaction. Children with autism who participated in the after school program completed surveys and interviews, with peer affiliation and emotional support appearing stronger than the domain of autonomy. The children with autism selected all program activities offered as preferred, with some differences identified by program sites. Typical peers and program staff addressed the impact of participating in the after school program for children with autism, both acknowledging friendships that have formed and increased engagement between typical peers and the children with autism. The AFC is filling a void in services for the community, providing an inclusive afterschool program for children with autism. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina