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What services do young children with autism spectrum disorder receive?

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Helen McConachie, Dr Gary Robinson


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Background: In recent years, standards of good practice have been set for services to young children with autism spectrum disorders. Methods: Data were analysed on children's use of local services during a 2-year follow-up of families involved in an evaluation of a group course for parents. Data collection began prior to publication of the standards. Results: Families' reported experiences changed over time, b ut for most did not meet standards suggested: involvement with a multi-agency team of professionals, having someone who acted as a key worker, and the child accessing 15 h per week of specialist provision. Conclusion: The development of flexible and responsive services appears to have a long way to go to meet standards set in the Autistic Spectrum Disorders Good Practice Guidance (2002) and the National Autism Plan for Children (2003). © 2006 The Authors; Journal compilation © 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McConachie H, Robinson G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Child: Care, Health and Development

Year: 2006

Volume: 32

Issue: 5

Pages: 553-557

ISSN (print): 0305-1862

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2214

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2006.00672.x


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