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ERIC Number: EJ1082560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2154-1647
First Step to Success: Applications to Preschoolers at Risk of Developing Autism Spectrum Disorders
Frey, Andy J.; Small, Jason W.; Feil, Edward G.; Seeley, John R.; Walker, Hill M.; Forness, Steven
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v50 n4 p397-407 Dec 2015
Preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may not always be recognized as such during their early years, but some of their behavioral problems may nonetheless prompt a referral for behavioral intervention. Whether such an intervention brings any benefit has not been well studied. We identified a subsample of 34 preschool children at risk for autism spectrum disorder from a large randomized controlled trial (N = 126) of the First Step to Success program. Children at risk of developing ASD demonstrated significant improvements on seven of 11 outcome measures and on a responder analyses based on symptom severity. Process and fidelity measures also suggested that First Step was both feasible and socially acceptable. Implications for early intervention for children at risk of developing ASD are discussed.
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Child Care Bureau
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Kentucky; Oregon
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01HD055334; R21HD43765