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ASAP: Early Screening and Intervention Program for Autism

Contact: Wendy Stone,

Core Function: Research and Evaluation

The purpose of the ASAP Program is to improve the outcomes of young children with autism (i.e., children under age 3) by offering an integrated approach to early identification and intervention. Program objectives include: (1) enhance community capacity to recognize early signs of autism; (2) provide tools for early screening and training on implementation for a variety of community providers across different settings; and (3) provide training on cost-effective intervention approaches that can be implemented by parents as well as birth-to-three providers and other community professionals. In light of the disparity in early identification among traditionally underserved populations, a strong focus of the ASAP Program will be on Latino families, and on developing materials that can be used by and with these families in Washington State. The ultimate goal of this program is to improve outcomes of children with autism by giving them an early start, thereby preventing or ameliorating the progression of symptom expression. A collateral effect is expected to be an increased sense of efficacy and reduced stress of parents, which in turn is likely to result in further improvements in children's development. .

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