Storming the Ivory Tower: How to Make Autism Interventions Work in Schools

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A growing body of research shows the efficacy of interventions for children with autism. These interventions rarely make their way into community practice, however. When they do, they usually do not produce the same results as those observed in clinical trials.

In this lecture, David S. Mandell will talk about why autism interventions rarely are implemented in community practice and why they fail to achieve the same outcomes as those observed in clinical trials. He will review the policy environment for improving quality of care and evidence suggesting that recently enacted policies may be necessary but are not sufficient to improve practice. He also will present research that more directly attempts to improve quality of care and associated outcomes for children with autism.

About the Speaker

David S. Mandell, Sc.D. is associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. The goal of his research is to improve the quality of care that individuals with autism receive in their communities. He examines the effects that different state and federal strategies to organize, finance and deliver services have on service use patterns and outcomes. He also conducts experimental studies to determine the best ways to successfully implement proven-efficacious practices in community settings.

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