Brief Report: An evaluation of an Australian autism-specific, early intervention programme

Paynter, Jessica M., Riley, Emma P., Beamish, Wendi, Scott, James G. and Heussler, Helen S. (2015) Brief Report: An evaluation of an Australian autism-specific, early intervention programme. International Journal of Special Education, 30 2: 13-19.

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Author Paynter, Jessica M.
Riley, Emma P.
Beamish, Wendi
Scott, James G.
Heussler, Helen S.
Title Brief Report: An evaluation of an Australian autism-specific, early intervention programme
Journal name International Journal of Special Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0827-3383
1917-7844
Publication date 2015-05-25
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 13
End page 19
Total pages 7
Place of publication Vancouver, BC Canada
Publisher International Journal of Special Education
Language eng
Abstract There is a relative paucity of evidence examining the effectiveness of early intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in particular those delivered through educationally-based programmes. This study aimed to evaluate the real world effectiveness of a community-based autism-specific early learning and intervention programme in Australia. Children enrolled between February 2010 and May 2013 who had a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder was eligible to participate in the study. Fifty-nine children with a mean age of 3.98 years participated. Cognitive ability, language, autistic symptoms, and motor skills were assessed at baseline and follow up (12 months or at programme exit) using standardised measures. Pre- and post-measures were compared using paired sample t-tests. Significant improvements were found in receptive and expressive language, autism symptoms, and overall adaptive behaviour. No significant change was found in motor skills. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder attending the community-based programme had significant gains particularly in domains of cognition and language. Study limitations are discussed.
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There is a relative paucity of evidence examining the effectiveness of early intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in particular those delivered through educationally-based programmes. This study aimed to evaluate the real world effectiveness of a community-based autism-specific early learning and intervention programme in Australia. Children enrolled between February 2010 and May 2013 who had a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder was eligible to participate in the study. Fifty-nine children with a mean age of 3.98 years participated. Cognitive ability, language, autistic symptoms, and motor skills were assessed at baseline and follow up (12 months or at programme exit) using standardised measures. Pre- and post-measures were compared using paired sample t-tests. Significant improvements were found in receptive and expressive language, autism symptoms, and overall adaptive behaviour. No significant change was found in motor skills. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder attending the community-based programme had significant gains particularly in domains of cognition and language. Study limitations are discussed.  
Keyword Education, Special
Education & Educational Research
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