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Eighth Annual Autism Conference; Louisville, KY; 2014

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Invited Paper Session #9
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Long-Term Outcomes for Young Children With Autism Served in LEAP Preschool

Saturday, March 1, 2014
2:45 PM–3:35 PM
Grand Ballroom A-B (Suite Tower)
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Phillip S. Strain, Ph.D.
Chair: David A. Celiberti (Association for Science in Autism Treatment)
PHILLIP S. STRAIN (University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center)
Phillip Strain, Ph.D., is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Colorado Denver and director of the Positive Early Learning Experiences Center. He has written more than 300 professional papers in the early intervention field, has served on editorial boards of more than 20 professional journals, has been the principal investigator of grants totaling more than $50 million and has been recognized with distinguished career awards on three separate occasions. He authored the original grant that funded the development of the LEAP (Learning Experiences: An Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Parents) Preschool model for children with autism in 1980 and has continued to develop the model during the past 30 years. His primary research interests include intervention for young children with early onset conduct disorders, remediation of social behavior deficits in young children with autism, design and delivery of community-based, comprehensive early intervention for children with autism, and analysis of individual and systemic variables affecting the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based practices for children with severe behavior disorders.

This session will focus on the results of a follow-up study conducted on participants in the 2011 randomized trial of the LEAP (Learning Experiences: An Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Parents) Preschool model. Current data on children's social, language, cognitive, and academic competence will be reviewed. Particular attention will be paid to predictors of follow-up status and the influence of contemporaneous environments on children's developmental status.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, practitioners, graduate students, and anyone interested in learning more about a follow-up study on the LEAP (Learning Experiences: An Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Parents) Preschool model.

Learning Objectives: Forthcoming.
Keyword(s): LEAP model



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