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The Intensity of Services Delivered to Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Edmonton Area

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  • Background: This study describes the intensity of services received by preschool children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the Edmonton area. Method: Sixty eight families were asked to describe the services their preschool children utilized at 4 time points: within 4 months of diagnosis, 6 months later, 12 months later and at the time of entering school. Data was coded into 11 service types and collapsed into three broad categories: Behavioural, Developmental and General. The average number of hours per week of each category of service as well as the average total number of hours of service was calculated at each time point. Results: The average total number of hours per week of services delivered to children in the Edmonton area increased across time points. At the first, second and fourth assessment times the highest number of hours of service were received by children who were getting a combination of Behavioural and Developmental services. At the third time point, the greatest average intensity resulted from the Developmental plus General services combination. Preschool children with ASD in the Edmonton area did not receive General services delivered alone at time point 3 or Behavioural services delivered alone at time points 3 and 4.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International