Early Intervention Services for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Quebec: Evaluation of their Impacts on Children and their Families.
Under the direction of principal investigator Ingrid Sladeczek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University, a research project aimed at evaluating the early intervention services being provided at the West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC), the Abili-T Program and the Trampoline Program is currently underway.
Objectives are to: assess the effects of early intervention services on children with autism spectrum disorder and their families; compare the effects of different approaches and service delivery models in Quebec; and, identify predictors of treatment effectiveness. During the course of the research, 60 children with autism spectrum disorders who are starting early intervention services at the WMRC, the Abili-T Program, or the Trampoline Program will be invited to participate in this study along with their parents. Parents will be interviewed in order to evaluate the level of functioning of their child at two different points in time. The first assessment will be conducted before the participants start early intervention services whereas the second assessment will be conducted when their services end or after two years, whichever comes first.
The information gathered will assist researchers and clinicians in better understanding the effects of early intervention services on children with autism spectrum disorders and their families living in Quebec.
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