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ERIC Number: EJ1148719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0271-1214
Four-Year Follow-Up of Children in the LEAP Randomized Trial: Some Planned and Accidental Findings
Strain, Phillip S.
Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, v37 n2 p121-126 Aug 2017
This article reports on a 4-year follow-up study from the Learning Experiences and Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Their Parents (LEAP) randomized trial of early intervention for young children with autism. Overall, participants from LEAP classes were marginally superior to comparison class children on elementary school outcomes specific to communication, adaptive behavior, social, academic, and cognitive skills. Statistically significant group differences were noted in cognitive development and social skills. However, when placement was treated as an independent variable, very large effects were seen across all outcome measures, including autism symptoms, for children who were enrolled in inclusive settings. Data from adult family members confirmed important changes in perceived quality of life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement; Test of Language Development; Childhood Autism Rating Scale; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales; Social Skills Rating System
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324A110246