Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Child Care Health Dev. 2006 Sep;32(5):553-7.

What services do young children with autism spectrum disorder receive?

Author information

1
School of Clinical Medical Sciences (Child Health), University of Newcastle, Newcastle, UK. h.r.mcconachie@ncl.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In recent years, standards of good practice have been set for services to young children with autism spectrum disorders.

METHODS:

Data were analysed on children's use of local services during a 2-year follow-up of families involved in an evaluation of a group course for parents. Data collection began prior to publication of the standards.

RESULTS:

Families' reported experiences changed over time, but for most did not meet standards suggested: involvement with a multi-agency team of professionals, having someone who acted as a key worker, and the child accessing 15 h per week of specialist provision.

CONCLUSION:

The development of flexible and responsive services appears to have a long way to go to meet standards set in the Autistic Spectrum Disorders Good Practice Guidance (2002) and the National Autism Plan for Children (2003).

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley
Loading ...
Support Center