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Accardo, Amy L.; Finnegan, Elizabeth G. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2019
Students with autism spectrum disorder have been found to experience difficulty with reading comprehension despite intact decoding and word recognition. This identified need for targeted reading comprehension remediation results in a need for teachers to utilize research-based practices and to individualize instruction for students with autism…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction
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Shire, Stephanie Y.; Shih, Wendy; Chang, Ya-Chih; Kasari, Connie – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2018
Children with autism spectrum disorder experience delays in the development of nonverbal social communication gestures to request and to share (joint attention) as well as play skills such that intervention is required. Although such tools exist in research settings, community stakeholders also require access to brief, simple, and reliable tools…
Descriptors: Play, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Communication, Preschool Children
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Colombi, Costanza; Narzisi, Antonio; Ruta, Liliana; Cigala, Virginia; Gagliano, Antonella; Pioggia, Giovanni; Siracusano, Rosamaria; Rogers, Sally J.; Muratori, Filippo – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2018
Identifying effective, community-based specialized interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorder is an international clinical and research priority. We evaluated the effectiveness of the Early Start Denver Model intervention in a group of young children with autism spectrum disorder living in an Italian community compared to a…
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Emergent Literacy, Models
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Radley, Keith C.; Hanglein, Jeanine; Arak, Marisa – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2016
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder display impairments in social interactions and communication that appear at early ages and result in short- and long-term negative outcomes. As such, there is a need for effective social skills training programs for young children with autism spectrum disorder--particularly interventions capable of being…
Descriptors: Skill Development, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Social Development
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Janvier, Yvette M.; Harris, Jill F.; Coffield, Caroline N.; Louis, Barbara; Xie, Ming; Cidav, Zuleyha; Mandell, David S. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2016
Early diagnosis of autism typically is associated with earlier access to intervention and improved outcomes. Daycares and preschools largely have been ignored as possible venues for early identification. This may be especially important for minority children in the United States who are typically diagnosed with autism later than White children,…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Identification, Child Caregivers
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Chang, Ya-Chih; Shih, Wendy; Kasari, Connie – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2016
Children begin to show preferences for specific playmates as early as the first 2?years of life. Children with autism spectrum disorder have difficulty making friends, even in elementary and middle school. However, very little is known about earlier friendships in children with autism such as preschool friendships. This study examined friendships…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Preschool Children, Friendship
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Sanders, Eric J.; Irvin, Dwight W.; Belardi, Katie; McCune, Luke; Boyd, Brian A.; Odom, Samuel L. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2016
This study investigated questions adults asked to children with autism spectrum disorder in inclusive pre-kindergarten classrooms, and whether child (e.g. autism severity) and setting (i.e. adult-to-child ratio) characteristics were related to questions asked during center-time. Videos of verbal children with autism spectrum disorder (n?=?42) were…
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Preschool Education, Preschool Children
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Irvin, Dwight W.; Boyd, Brian A.; Odom, Samuel L. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2015
Difficulty with social competence is a core deficit of autism spectrum disorder. Research on typically developing children and children with disabilities, in general, suggests the adult talk received in the classroom is related to their social development. The aims of this study were to examine (1) the types and amounts of adult talk children with…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Classroom Communication
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Warreyn, Petra; Roeyers, Herbert – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2014
Since imitation and joint attention are both important abilities for young children and since children with autism spectrum disorder show a range of problems in these domains, imitation and joint attention are important targets for intervention. In this study, we examined the possibility of promoting imitation and joint attention by means of a…
Descriptors: Imitation, Attention, Preschool Children, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Oner, Pinar; Oner, Ozgur; Munir, Kerim – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2014
We compared ratings on the Three-Item Direct Observation Screen test for autism spectrum disorders completed by pediatric residents with the Social Communication Questionnaire parent reports as an augmentative tool for improving autism spectrum disorder screening performance. We examined three groups of children (18-60 months) comparable in age…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Observation, Screening Tests
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Nahmias, Allison S.; Kase, Colleen; Mandell, David S. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2014
Little comparative research examines which community-based preschool intervention placements produce the best outcomes for which children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism-specific placements can provide intensive evidence-based care; however, inclusion settings provide interaction with typically developing peers, the importance of which is…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Preschool Children, Early Intervention
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Ingersoll, Brooke R; Wainer, Allison L – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2013
This study investigated the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of a parenting training program designed for early intervention and early childhood special education (EI/ESCE) programs serving students with autistic spectrum disorders. Thirteen teachers representing three intermediate school districts implemented the intervention with 27…
Descriptors: Parent Education, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Autism
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Wong, Connie S. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2013
The aim of this study was to pilot test a classroom-based intervention focused on facilitating play and joint attention for young children with autism in self-contained special education classrooms. Thirty-three children with autism between the ages of 3 and 6 years participated in the study with their classroom teachers (n = 14). The 14 preschool…
Descriptors: Autism, Play, Attention, Preschool Children
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Freeman, Stephanny; Kasari, Connie – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2013
Although the literature on parent-child interactions in young children with autism has examined dyadic style, synchrony, and sustained engagement, the examination of parental skill in sustaining and developing play skills themselves has not been targeted. This study examined the extent to which parents of young children with autism match and…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Interaction, Autism, Play
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Dykstra, Jessica R.; Sabatos-DeVito, Maura G.; Irvin, Dwight W.; Boyd, Brian A.; Hume, Kara A.; Odom, Sam L. – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 2013
This study describes the language environment of preschool programs serving children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and examines relationships between child characteristics and an automated measure of adult and child language in the classroom. The Language Environment Analysis (LENA) system was used with 40 children with ASD to collect data…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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