A Preliminary Evaluation of a School Support Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Educator and School Level Outcomes and Program Processes

Janette McDougall, Michelle Servais, Katherine Meyer, Sheila Case, Kara Dannenhold, Sue Johnson, Colleen Riggin

Abstract


This is a preliminary evaluation of a program aimed at providing training, consultation, and resource materials to educators in public schools in order to build the capacity of those educators and schools to meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders. Educator and school level outcomes were evaluated and information about program processes was gathered. One hundred and ninety-two educators completed study measures in the fall and spring of one school year. Educators receiving no services were compared on outcomes to educators who received services. Significant main effects of program condition in favour of beneficial effects of the program were found for two school level outcomes. On average, educators were satisfied with the program and found the various components of the service useful. Recommendations for future service delivery and research are discussed.

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