ERIC Number: EJ1040344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Mechanisms of Change in COMPASS Consultation for Students with Autism
Ruble, Lisa A.; McGrew, John H.; Toland, Michael D.
Journal of Early Intervention, v35 n4 p378-396 Dec 2013
More than a decade has passed since the National Research Council described the common elements of effective educational programs for young children with autism. Since that time, few studies have attempted to understand the mechanisms of change and factors affecting the effectiveness of research supported interventions implemented in community settings. Using Dunst's (2013) framework of implementation science, we examined the relationships between the fidelity of an implementation practice (i.e., a parent-teacher consultation called the Collaborative Model for Promoting Competence and Success; COMPASS), the fidelity of the intervention practice (i.e., teachers' adherence to the intervention plans generated as a result of COMPASS), and child goal attainment outcomes using data from a randomized controlled trial. Results confirmed the predicted relationships between implementation fidelity, intervention practice fidelity, and child outcomes. Specifically, we replicated findings that two hypothesized mechanisms of change, individual education program (IEP) quality and teacher adherence, positively affected intervention practices directly and child outcomes indirectly.
Descriptors: Autism, Consultation Programs, Educational Change, Parent Teacher Conferences, Fidelity, Special Programs, Intervention, Best Practices, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Schematic Studies, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Special Education Teachers, Coaching (Performance), Capacity Building, Teacher Competencies, Teaching Methods, Outcome Measures, Predictor Variables, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Behavior Assessment System for Children; Childhood Autism Rating Scale; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales