Autism in Special Education Coo, H., Ouellette-Kuntz, H., Lloyd, J., Kasmara, L., Holden, J. & Lewis, S. (2007). Trends in Autism Prevalence: Diagnostic Substitution Revisited. Journal of Autism Development Disorders, 38, 1036-1046. This research study examined the issue of whether the recognized increase in autism diagnoses among school age children could be associated with diagnostic substitution. The authors found that while diagnostic substitution did contribute approximately 33 percent to an increase in autism diagnoses during the study period, the majority of increases were found to be legitimate. I found this study to be particularly well-written and well-conceived in that the researchers held no bias towards substantiating an...The end:
..... other parties outside of the educational or professional setting interact with such children, are often not included in an analysis of how effective such interactions are in the overall treatment of children with autism. For this study, the authors examined 35 autistic children and their associated caregivers in an attempt to determine how such autistic child-caregiver interactions affected the children’s overall treatment plan with respect to parent responsiveness. One major fault of this research study is that it only included 35 children and as such the sample frame and sample pool is far to small to make any observations or conclusions that can be definitively generalizable across the general population of school-age autistic children.