A Specialized Program for Preschool Children With Autism In this paper, the work being conducted at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center of Rutgers University is described. Specifically, the recent results of research supporting the value of group-focused instruction for some young children with autism is reported. These findings just begin to address some of the questions about that ... Research Article
Research Article  |   July 01, 1991
A Specialized Program for Preschool Children With Autism
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jan S. Handleman
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • Sandra L. Harris
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • Barbara Kristoff
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • Felicia Fuentes
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • Michael Alessandri
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • Requests for reprints may be sent to Jan S. Handleman, Ed.D., Douglass Developmental, Disabilities Center, Douglass College, Gibbons Campus, P.O. Box 270, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0270.
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / School-Based Settings / Research Articles
Research Article   |   July 01, 1991
A Specialized Program for Preschool Children With Autism
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1991, Vol. 22, 107-110. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2203.107
History: Received February 26, 1990 , Accepted August 6, 1990
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1991, Vol. 22, 107-110. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2203.107
History: Received February 26, 1990; Accepted August 6, 1990

In this paper, the work being conducted at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center of Rutgers University is described. Specifically, the recent results of research supporting the value of group-focused instruction for some young children with autism is reported. These findings just begin to address some of the questions about that small group of students who comprise the spectrum of autism. Further research and experience should continue to facilitate current efforts to design and implement the most comprehensive continuum of services.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Our thanks to the parents and children who cooperated in the preschool research. Thanks also to Rita Gordon, Leisa Tomchek and Alicia MacWright who helped coordinate the project in its various phases.
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