Across Canada there are a number of very different approaches to autism intervention in both the pre-school and school-age context. Join ACT for a fascinating day to discover more about the experience in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and what we should consider when evaluating and refining the BC approach to supporting children with ASD.
Morning Presentation (9:30 – 12:00) Evaluating Intervention Programs for Preschoolers with ASD Presented by Isabel Smith, PhD, Dalhousie University
We know that some interventions delivered in early childhood can improve the quality of life for people with ASD and their families. The Preschool Autism Treatment Impact (PATI) study team has compared the publicly funded early intervention programs that are available for families of preschoolers with ASD in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The two programs differ in many ways, including what methods are used, how intervention is delivered, when children access services and for how long, and what government department is responsible for the program. In this presentation, Dr. Smith will describe the background and methods of the study and share both the preliminary results and the process of gathering families’ and service providers’ perspectives throughout the study.
Afternoon Presentation (1pm – 3pm)
Peer Mediated Pivotal Response Treatment for Children with ASD
Presented by Ainsley Boudreau, PhD
Few evidence-based interventions target social-communication skills for children with ASD in the school setting. Research in Nova Scotia has demonstrated that Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) has significant potential in this important environment for children. In this presentation, Dr. Boudreau will present the evidence for a variation on the common parent delivery model of PRT, in which typically developing peers are taught new ways to effectively play with their classmates with ASD.