ERIC Number: EJ788743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Social Validation of Evidence-Based Practices in Autism by Parents, Teachers, and Administrators
Callahan, Kevin; Henson, Robin K.; Cowan, Angela K.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n4 p678-692 Apr 2008
Relatively little attention has been devoted to the social validation of potentially effective autism interventions. Thus, it is often difficult to identify and implement evidence-based practices, and programming is often inadequate. The authors identified autism intervention components with reported effectiveness for school settings. The results of a social validation survey completed by parents, teachers, and administrators indicate strong, consistent support for program components falling within five functional areas: (a) individualized programming, (b) data collection, (c) the use of empirically-based strategies, (d) active collaboration, and (e) a focus on long-term outcomes. These socially validated interventions can be used to evaluate existing autism curricula and develop training for professionals, parents, and students in order to improve public school autism programs.
Descriptors: Autism, Program Validation, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Special Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Inferences, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Surveys, Administrator Attitudes, Program Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Program Improvement
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