ERIC Number: EJ1180880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Early Intervention Outcomes for Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Families
Noyes-Grosser, Donna M.; Elbaum, Batya; Wu, Yan; Siegenthaler, Kirsten M.; Cavalari, Rachel S.; Gillis, Jennifer M.; Romanczyk, Raymond G.
Infants and Young Children, v31 n3 p177-199 Jul-Sep 2018
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be diagnosed as early as 18 months of age. State Early Intervention (EI) programs under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are serving increasing numbers of children with ASD; however, little is known about outcomes of these services. This study evaluated the impact of EI for toddlers with ASD (n = 193) and other disabilities (n = 129) and their families, using measures that included federal Part C outcome indicators. Children with ASD showed reduced maladaptive behaviors and improved social and communication skills on the PDD Behavior Inventory; some also made progress on the Part C child outcome indicators. Families of children with ASD reported that EI helped them achieve many outcomes identified as important to families participating in EI. Results provide a rich description of outcomes experienced by children with ASD and their families in one of the largest EI programs in the United States. Implications for results-driven accountability and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Toddlers, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Early Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, Disabilities, Behavior Problems, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Competence, Family Involvement, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS)
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C