The key components of an effective early childhood autism program
The research question addressed in this project was: What are the key components of an effective early childhood autism program? The research focused on the three critical areas of need for individuals with autism spectrum disorders: social interaction skills communication skills and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. Based on the three areas of need mentioned above, six strategies that the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC on ASD) has identified as evidence-based practices were researched. These strategies were Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention (PMII), video modeling, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), naturalistic intervention, visual supports, and structured work systems. A literature review, interviews, and observations were conducted in order to answer the research question. The author concluded that the key components of an effective early childhood autism program are strategies that target the three critical need areas of autism.
Pedersen, Sarah R., "The key components of an effective early childhood autism program" (2011). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 2391.
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