Pebbles, rocks, and boulders: The implementation of a school-based social engagement intervention for children with autism.

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TitlePebbles, rocks, and boulders: The implementation of a school-based social engagement intervention for children with autism.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsLocke, J, Wolk, CBenjamin, Harker, C, Olsen, A, Shingledecker, T, Barg, F, Mandell, D, Beidas, R
JournalAutism
Volume21
Issue8
Pagination985-994
Date Published2017 Nov
ISSN1461-7005
Abstract

Few evidence-based practices, defined as the use of empirically supported research and clinical expertise for children with autism, have been successfully implemented and sustained in schools. This study examined the perspectives of school personnel ( n = 39) on implementing a social engagement intervention for children with autism. Semi-structured interviews, informed by the Domitrovich et al. (2008) framework, were conducted. Participants were asked about (1) school factors that affect the general implementation of evidence-based practices, (2) their specific experiences implementing the social engagement intervention, and (3) barriers to and facilitators of implementing the social engagement intervention. Data were analyzed using an integrated approach. General (e.g. implementation process, leadership, support, and staff) and intervention-specific (e.g. staff, barriers, and facilitators) implementation themes were identified. These findings suggest that a variety of factors should be considered when implementing evidence-based practices in schools and that implementing social engagement interventions for children with autism may require additional specific support for implementation.

DOI10.1177/1362361316664474
Alternate JournalAutism
PubMed ID28954537
PubMed Central IDPMC5657305
Grant ListR25 MH080916 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
K01 MH100199 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
F32 MH103955 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
K23 MH099179 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
P30 ES013508 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States