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Supporting peer engagement for low-income preschool students with autism spectrum disorder during academic instruction: A pilot randomized trial


Schools are the portal through which many children with autism spectrum disorder access early intervention. Collaborating with teachers can be an effective way to implement evidence-based practices. In this study, teachers learned to embed strategies from the Joint Attention, Symbolic Play, Engagement, and Regulation intervention into the standard preschool curriculum. Twelve schools with special education preschool classrooms for students with moderate to severe disabilities from under-resourced neighborhoods were randomized to augment their curriculum with Joint Attention, Symbolic Play, Engagement, and Regulation strategies or continue the standard curriculum. Teachers’ strategy implementation, children’s time on task, and social communication were examined before and after completing the intervention phase. (author abstract)

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United States

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