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Project Title

Project Title

Supporting early educators in suddenly inclusive ASD settings – An intervention feasibility study

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Maye, Melissa

Description

Description

As researchers continue to identify the early signs of autism and diagnose younger children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), early educators in childcare settings are faced with unique challenges and opportunities to impact the trajectories of the newly diagnosed toddlers they serve. Toddlers and preschoolers can make considerable gains within inclusive childcare or preschool intervention settings. However, the majority of newly diagnosed toddlers do not have access to tailored early education practices. Effective inclusive early education intervention settings tend to involve extensive training of educators, external interventionists in the classroom, and/or very low teacher-student ratios, making them expensive and difficult to disseminate. The goal of the proposed work is to develop and pilot a manualized, accessible, intervention that can be delivered to early educators who find themselves unexpectedly in an inclusive center-based childcare setting after one (or more) of their toddlers receives a diagnosis of ASD. The study will be divided into two phases: Phase 1: Intervention experts and early intervention practitioners will be surveyed and/or interviewed to identify potentially pivotal intervention strategies that could be used in a brief early educator intervention. Early educators serving toddlers with ASD will be surveyed to explore their perceived competencies, training needs, and preferred format of intervention. These findings and a literature review will be integrated to develop a new intervention. The intervention will be designed to increase early educator’s knowledge of the signs and symptoms of ASD and the use of targeted developmental support skills. The intervention will consist of approximately 4 instructional sessions and 2-4 individual coaching sessions. The intervention will be reviewed by experts and early educators and feedback integrated. Phase 2: The intervention will be tested at ten pilot sites. Preliminary analysis of pilot data and focus group data from the first two sites will be used to refine the intervention. Expected Results: Phase 1: With the support of national experts and early intervention practitioners, an intervention can be designed to aid early educators caring for newly diagnosed toddlers with ASD. Phase 2: The intervention should help early educators to tailor their educational practices to meet the needs of all children in their classrooms.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

29423

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2014-2016

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 4LD. Support at least five community-based studies that assess the effectiveness of interventions and services in broader community settings by 2015. Such studies may include comparative effectiveness research studies that assess the relative effectiveness of: o Different and/or combined medical, pharmacological, nutritional, behavioral, service-provision, and parent- or caregiver-implemented treatments; o Scalable early intervention programs for implementation in underserved, low-resource, and low-literacy populations; and o Studies of widely used community intervention models for which extensive published data are not available. Outcome measures should include assessment of potential harm as a result of autism treatments, as well as positive outcomes. IACC Recommended Budget: $37,500,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Supporting early educators in suddenly inclusive ASD settings – An intervention feasibility study (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Massachusetts, Boston

State/Country

State/Country

Massachusetts

Project Number

Project Number

9117

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Supporting early educators in suddenly inclusive ASD settings – An intervention feasibility study | 29425 | 2014 | 9117

 
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