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J Autism Dev Disord. 2007 Aug;37(7):1344-54. Epub 2006 Nov 4.

The basic structure of community early intervention programs for children with autism: provider descriptions.

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Department of Psychology, University of California, 9500 Gilman Drive , San Diego, La jolla, CA, 92093-0109, USA.


Autism researchers have identified a set of common effective practice elements for early intervention (EI) (e.g., intensive programming). The current study examined the reported use of common elements of effective interventions in community EI settings. Eighty EI providers reported about their programs. The majority of participants reported using common effective elements, however, the depth and quality of the use of these elements was highly variable. Taking community program structure into account in future research will facilitate the development of methodologies, which immediately fit into the context of community programming rather than requiring program adaptation for use in the real world. Recommendations for using current community program structure to improve use of evidence-based practices are discussed.

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