Autism treatment survey: services received by children with autism spectrum disorders in public school classrooms

J Autism Dev Disord. 2008 May;38(5):961-71. doi: 10.1007/s10803-007-0470-5.


The Autism Treatment Survey was developed to identify strategies used in education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in Georgia. Respondents of the web-based survey included a representative sample of 185 teachers across the state, reporting on 226 children with ASD in grades preschool-12th. The top five strategies being used in Georgia (Gentle Teaching, sensory integration, cognitive behavioral modification, assistive technology, and Social Stories) are recognized as lacking a scientific basis for implementation. Analysis revealed the choice of strategies varied by grade level and classroom type (e.g., general education, special education). Results highlight clear implications for preservice and inservice educator training, and the need for continued research to document evidence-based strategy use in public schools for students with ASD.

MeSH terms

  • Art Therapy / methods*
  • Autistic Disorder / epidemiology
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Child
  • Child Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cognition Disorders / epidemiology
  • Faculty
  • Humans
  • Music Therapy / methods*
  • Observer Variation
  • Pilot Projects
  • Public Sector*
  • School Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Schools*