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Early intervention for children with autism: An Australian rural hub and spokes model

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Stephens, M and Allen, P and Fordyce, K and Minchin, A and Cheek, C, Early intervention for children with autism: An Australian rural hub and spokes model, Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 3, (1) pp. 71-84. ISSN 2329-7018 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2016 Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability

DOI: doi:10.1080/23297018.2016.1152501

Abstract

The North West Tasmania Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre offers early intervention to children with autism symptoms in an extended hours Child Care Centre. In this regional and rural area it operates as a hub and spokes model with children from outlying areas receiving intervention from educators at their local mainstream childcare centre supported by specialist staff at the North West Tasmania Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre. We analysed clinical assessments of all children over the period 20092014 at entry and follow-up and found children in the spokes centres were achieving similar outcomes to those in the hub centres. The outcomes appeared to be moderated by the limited attendance of children with a smaller effect sizes on the majority of measures compared to best practice. However, larger effect sizes on the measure of socialisation could reflect the emphasis of the program on the social skills needed for participation in mainstream school environments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:autism, early intervention, outreach, multidisciplinary, soft entry, rural, children
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Community Child Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Disability and Functional Capacity
Author:Stephens, M (Ms Miranda Stephens)
Author:Allen, P (Dr Penny Allen)
Author:Minchin, A (Dr Alice Minchin)
Author:Cheek, C (Mrs Colleen Cheek)
ID Code:108168
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Rural Clinical School
Deposited On:2016-04-08
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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