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ERIC Number: EJ1014941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
Child and Family Characteristics Influencing Intervention Choices in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Patten, Elena; Baranek, Grace T.; Watson, Linda R.; Schultz, Beth
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v28 n3 p138-146 Sep 2013
A myriad of treatment options are available for children with autism spectrum disorders, yet little is understood regarding characteristics of parents (e.g., education) and children (e.g., severity of autism symptoms) that influence types and numbers of therapies utilized. Interviews from 70 caregivers were analyzed to determine potential influences on utilization (e.g., start of first services, use of traditional services). Only three variables predicted utilization of specific therapies: severity of sensory processing problems was associated with earlier initiation of services in general, and higher maternal and paternal education were associated with the use of dietary and/or vitamin therapy as well as with the use of a greater number of services. None of the other variables studied had predictive value, although the influence of variables not examined in this study remains to be explored. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Mullen Scales of Early Learning; Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Childhood Autism Rating Scale
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