Prevalence and Correlates of Educational Intervention Utilization Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lucy A. Bilaver*, Lisa S. Cushing, Ann T. Cutler

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Abstract

This study examined the prevalence and correlates of educational intervention utilization among U.S. preschool aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prior to recent policy changes. The analysis was based on a nationally representative longitudinal survey of children receiving special education services during the 2003–2004 school year. All children with parent or teacher identified ASD over a 3-year study period were analyzed. Outcomes included utilization of speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavior therapy, and mental health services by service sector. The analysis revealed low rates of behavioral therapy and mental health services. Parents reported that the overwhelming majority of services were received inside school only. This study identified gaps in the provision of services for young children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-571
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Mental health services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Preschool children
  • Speech therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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