Definintion and Recommendations

The Task Force concurred that for programs and services to be designated as a "best practice" for young children with autism, they must include:

Specifically, the Task Force recommended that, after considering the focus of the desired outcomes, the age and developmental level of the child, developmentally appropriate practices, the needs of the family, the intensity and complexity of the child's needs, and the natural or least restrictive environment, the following amount of direct services should be provided to children with autism spectrum disorders:

These recommendations are designed to assist local early intervention systems, local school systems, and families as they determine appropriate programs for young children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.


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