Why Is This Case Important?

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For children with ASD, educational interventions are the mainstay of treatment.

Such interventions may include behavioral therapies, speech-language therapy, and occupational therapy. These therapies target the core symptoms of ASD and aim to improve a child’s functioning across environments.

Depending on age, most children with ASD access these therapies through early intervention programs or local school districts. These agencies serve as important resources for children with ASD.


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Key Learning Objectives

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  1. Discuss the evidence base and recommended educational therapies for children with ASD
    • List the key features of successful early educational programs for children with ASD
    • Describe the current evidence base for commonly used behavioral therapies
    • Understand the typical components of early intervention programs for children with ASD, age three years and younger
    • Understand the difference between diagnosis and eligibility for an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) for children with ASD, age three years and older
  2. Provide ongoing support and management for children with ASD and their families regarding educational therapies
    • Identify the needs of families in the transition from Early Intervention (EI) to early childhood special education
    • Understand the process for evaluating problem behaviors to develop a home treatment plan for children with ASD

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