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Schertz, Hannah H.; Call-Cummings, Meagan; Horn, Kathryn; Quest, Kelsey; Law, Rhiannon Steffen – Grantee Submission, 2018
A qualitative study of three parents and their toddlers with autism was conducted to investigate the communicative functions underlying parent-toddler interactions and how the instrumental or social nature of one partner's actions influenced the other's engagement. Parent-child interaction videos collected from a separate intervention study were…
Descriptors: Autism, Child Development, Coding, Data Analysis
Stahmer, Aubyn C.; Suhrheinrich, Jessica; Schetter, Patricia L.; Hassrick, Elizabeth McGee – Grantee Submission, 2018
This study examines how system-wide (i.e., region, district, and school) mechanisms such as leadership support, training requirements, structure, collaboration, and education affect the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in schools and how this affects the outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Despite growing evidence for…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Special Education, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Rieth, Sarah R.; Haine-Schlagel, Rachel; Burgeson, Marilee; Searcy, Karyn; Dickson, Kelsey S.; Stahmer, Aubyn C. – Grantee Submission, 2018
Naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions include an explicit focus on coaching parents to use therapy techniques in daily routines and are considered best practice for young children with autism. Unfortunately, these approaches are not widely used in community settings, possibly due to the clinical expertise and training required. This…
Descriptors: Toddlers, At Risk Persons, Language Impairments, Intervention
Odom, Samuel L.; Cox, Ann; Sideris, John; Hume, Kara A.; Hedges, Susan; Kucharczyk, Suzanne; Shaw, Evelyn; Boyd, Brian A.; Reszka, Stephanie; Neitzel, Jennifer – Grantee Submission, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the "Autism Program Environment Rating Scale" ("APERS"), an instrument designed to assess quality of program environments for students with autism spectrum disorder. Data sets from two samples of public school programs that provided services to children and…
Descriptors: Autism, Psychometrics, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Faculty Development
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Anderson, Cynthia M.; Smith, Tristram; Iovannone, Rose – Grantee Submission, 2018
There is a large gap between research-based interventions for supporting children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and current practices implemented by educators to meet the needs of these children in typical school settings. Myriad reasons for this gap exist including the external validity of existing research, the complexity of ASD, and…
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Capacity Building, Intervention
McIntyre, Nancy S.; Oswald, Tasha M.; Solari, Emily J.; Zajic, Matthew C.; Lerro, Lindsay E.; Hughes, Claire; Devine, Rory T.; Mundy, Peter C. – Grantee Submission, 2018
Background: Many individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) exhibit social cognitive impairments in the development of theory of mind (ToM), or the ability to attribute mental states to oneself and others. ToM has been shown to relate to reading comprehension for children and adolescents with typical development (TD) and with ASD. This study…
Descriptors: Social Cognition, Reading Comprehension, Children, Adolescents
Jones, Francesca G.; Gifford, Diane; Yovanoff, Paul; Al Otaiba, Stephanie; Levy, Dawn; Allor, Jill – Grantee Submission, 2018
As part of standards-based reforms, there is increasing emphasis on ensuring that students with moderate intellectual disabilities (ID), including students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), learn to read. There is also converging evidence that explicit teaching of letter sounds, phonics, and sight words is effective for this population, but…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Intellectual Disability, Progress Monitoring, Autism
Llanes, Elizabeth; Blacher, Jan; Stavropolous, Katherine; Eisenhower, Abbey – Grantee Submission, 2018
This study examined the prevalence of ADHD symptoms and anxiety as reported by parents and teachers for 180 preschool children (ages 4-5) and school-aged children (ages 6-7) with ASD using the Child Behavior Checklist--Parent and Teacher Report Forms (Achenbach and Rescorla, Manual for ASEBA school-age forms & profiles, Research Center for…
Descriptors: Incidence, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Anxiety
McIntyre, Nancy S.; Solari, Emily J.; Grimm, Ryan P.; Lerro, Lindsay E.; Gonzalez, Joseph E.; Mundy, Peter C. – Grantee Submission, 2017
The goal of this study was to identify unique profiles of readers in a sample of 8-16 year olds with higher functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASD) and examine the profiles in relation to ASD symptom severity. Eighty-one students were assessed utilizing a comprehensive reading battery that included basic word reading, language, and…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Autism, Children, Diagnostic Tests
Wei, Xin; Yu, Jennifer; Shattuck, Paul; Blackorby, Jose – Grantee Submission, 2017
Previous studies suggest that individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more likely than other disability groups and the general population to gravitate toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. However, the field knows little about which factors influenced the STEM pipeline between high school and…
Descriptors: College Students, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Prior Learning
McIntyre, Nancy S.; Solari, Emily J.; Grimm, Ryan P.; Lerro, Lindsay E.; Gonzales, Joseph E.; Mundy, Peter C. – Grantee Submission, 2017
The goal of this study was to identify unique profiles of readers in a sample of 8-16-year olds with higher functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASD) and examine the profiles in relation to ASD symptom severity. Eighty-one students were assessed utilizing a comprehensive reading battery that included basic word reading, language, and…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Children, Adolescents
Rodas, Naomi V.; Eisenhower, Abbey; Blacher, Jan – Grantee Submission, 2017
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at heightened risk for developing comorbid psychological disorders, including anxiety disorders, which may be further exacerbated by the presence of externalizing behaviors. Here, we examined how structural language and pragmatic language predicted anxiety and externalizing behaviors. Participants…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Language Skills
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Bush, Hillary H.; Cohen, Shana R.; Eisenhower, Abbey S.; Blacher, Jan – Grantee Submission, 2017
Among typically developing children, many characteristics have been associated with parents' expectations for their children's adjustment to school and academic progress. Despite the history of increased parental involvement in the education of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) relative to parents of children without ASD, there is…
Descriptors: Parents, Expectation, Young Children, Autism
Tipton, Leigh Ann; Blacher, Jan B.; Eisenhower, Abbey S. – Grantee Submission, 2017
The purpose of this study was to identify how parents' use of language and literacy strategies during an adapted shared book reading activity relate to social, behavioral, and cognitive skills for their children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Participants were 111 young children (ages 4-7 years) with ASD and their mothers. A factor analysis…
Descriptors: Young Children, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Parent Child Relationship
Ledford, Jennifer R.; Zimmerman, Kathleen N.; Harbin, Emilee R.; Ward, Sarah E. – Grantee Submission, 2017
Coaching has been shown to improve the use of evidence-based instructional practices (EBIPs), but relatively few studies have been conducted to assess the effectiveness of coaching for adults belonging to minority groups and paraprofessionals in public elementary school settings. In this study, a multiple probe design across participants was used…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Instructional Improvement, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Elementary Schools
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