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Utilisation of evidence-based practices by ASD early intervention service providers


Paynter, JM and Ferguson, S and Fordyce, K and Joosten, A and Paku, S and Stephens, M and Trembath, D and Keen, D, Utilisation of evidence-based practices by ASD early intervention service providers, Autism, 21, (2) pp. 167-180. ISSN 1362-3613 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1362361316633032


A number of autism intervention practices have been demonstrated to be effective. However, the use of unsupported practices persists in community early intervention settings. Recent research has suggested that personal, professional and workplace factors may influence intervention choices. The aim of this research was to investigate knowledge and use of strategies, organisational culture, individual attitudes, sources of information and considerations informing intervention choices by early intervention providers. An online survey was completed by 72 early intervention providers from four organisations across Australia. Providers reported high levels of trust and access of information from internal professional development, therapists and external professional development. A range of considerations including child factors, family values and research were rated as important in informing intervention choices. Participants reported greater knowledge and use of evidence-based and emerging practices than unsupported. Levels of use were linked to levels of knowledge, as well as some organisational and attitudinal factors. Areas for future research and implications are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:autism, best practice interventions, ASELCC, autism spectrum disorders, early intervention, evidence-based practice
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Biological psychology
Research Field:Behavioural neuroscience
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Stephens, M (Ms Miranda Stephens)
ID Code:110823
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Rural Clinical School
Deposited On:2016-08-16
Last Modified:2018-07-24

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