Brief report: pilot investigation of service receipt by young children with autistic spectrum disorders

J Autism Dev Disord. 2008 Jul;38(6):1192-6. doi: 10.1007/s10803-007-0535-5. Epub 2008 Mar 7.

Abstract

Whether children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families are receiving recommended assessments and services is poorly known. This pilot study examined service receipt as reported by parents of young children with ASD (n = 64) from four specialty centers in Canada. While almost all children had a speech and language assessment (94%), less than half had psychological (42%), or genetic (31%) testing. Speech and language (88%) and occupational (78%) therapies were the most frequently received treatments. Overall, certain findings did not correspond to recent recommended practice guidelines. Future studies should obtain more detailed information on assessments and treatments received from larger and more representative samples to better determine the quality of care received by families with children with ASD.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alberta
  • Asperger Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Asperger Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Asperger Syndrome / rehabilitation*
  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis
  • Autistic Disorder / epidemiology
  • Autistic Disorder / rehabilitation*
  • Behavior Therapy / statistics & numerical data
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Developmental Disabilities / diagnosis
  • Developmental Disabilities / epidemiology
  • Developmental Disabilities / rehabilitation*
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Language Development Disorders / diagnosis
  • Language Development Disorders / epidemiology
  • Language Development Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Male
  • Occupational Therapy / statistics & numerical data
  • Ontario
  • Patient Care Team / statistics & numerical data
  • Pilot Projects
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data
  • Rett Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Rett Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Rett Syndrome / rehabilitation*
  • Utilization Review / statistics & numerical data