ERIC Number: EJ1036102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Evaluating NRC's Recommendations for Educating Children with Autism a Decade Later
Tincani, Matt; Cucchiarra, Maia Bloomfield; Thurman, S. Kenneth; Snyder, Mark R.; McCarthy, Catherine M.
Child & Youth Care Forum, v43 n3 p315-337 Jun 2014
Background: Over a decade ago, the National Research Council (NRC) published the influential book, "Educating Children with Autism." Objective: To survey parents and state-level special education administrators to evaluate how NRC's recommendations, as published in "Educating Children with Autism," have impacted educational practices for children with autism in the US. Methods: 149 parents of children with autism and 35 state-level special education administrators from 35 states were surveyed on the degree to which they agreed with NRC's recommendations and the degree to which they believed NRC's recommendations have been implemented. Results: Parents and administrators agreed with most NRC recommendations; however, disagreements between parents and administrators were evident regarding labeling of students with autism, intensity of services, and training of staff. Conversely, parents and administrators concurred that the recommendations had been poorly to modestly implemented, overall. Lowest levels of implementation were found for training of qualified staff, research-based curricula, and mental health supports for families. Qualitative analysis of parents' comments highlighted that vigorous advocacy was necessary for their children to receive appropriate services consistent with NRC's recommendations. Conclusions: Over a decade following publication of "Educating Children with Autism," most of NRC's recommendations have not been fully implemented. Policy makers should focus particular attention on improving professional training, disseminating research-based practices, and providing mental health supports for families.
Descriptors: Autism, Student Needs, Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Special Education, Guidelines, Labeling (of Persons), Delivery Systems, Faculty Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Teacher Qualifications, Curriculum, Family Needs, Mental Health, Statistical Analysis, Advocacy
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