Best Practices in Early Intervention: An Update


Research and Helping Families Build the “Team”

This video provides an overview of current best practice treatment approaches for children and youth with ASD. It also focuses on developing collaborative partnerships between behavior consultants, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and other professionals in order to enhance optimal outcomes for children with ASD and provide their families with meaningful support. Dr. Bopp has spent over 20 years in the autism field, as a clinician, researcher and in policy development. Topics include:

  • Prevalence and the State of the Science
  • Evidence-Based Practices: Key Elements
  • Intervention Models
  • What the Research Says
  • Alternative and Complementary Treatments: What Do We Know?
  • Making the Most of the Intervention Team

About the Presenter

Dr. Karen Bopp is an autism policy consultant for the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Senior Behaviour Consultant for the provincial government of B.C., a researcher, and a registered Speech-Language Pathologist. At MCFD, she works in the Children and Youth with Special Needs Policy department and provides clinical and best practice consultation on autism service delivery and policy. Dr. Bopp has worked extensively with children with autism spectrum disorders and their families for over 20 years.

Part 1: Introduction and DSM-V (Prevalence and the State of the Science) (21:24)

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Part 2: Prevalence of Autism (17:11)

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Part 3: Evidence-Based Practices: Choosing an Intervention (11:08)

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Part 4: Evidence-Based Practices: Key Elements (9:37)

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Part 5: Evidence-Based Practices: Guidelines for Intervention (13:20)

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Part 6: Intervention Model: Applied Behavior Analytic Approaches (11:56)

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Part 7: Intervention Model: Developmental Social Pragmatic Approaches (5:04)

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Part 8: Intervention Model: Comprehensive or Combined Approach (7:11)

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Part 9: What does the Research Say? (19:57)

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Part 10: Intro to Alternative and Complementary Treatments (9:47)

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Part 11: Some Specific Complementary and Alternative Treatments (17:30)

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Part 12: Obesity, Exercise and Diet (14:17)

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Other Resources:

  • Canucks Autism Network – sports, recreational, arts, and social programs for individuals and families living with autism.

Part 13: What to Consider with Complementary and Alternative Therapies (6:30)

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Part 14: Making the Most of your Intervention Team: Hiring Team Members (21:09)

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Part 15: Making the Most of your Intervention Team: Teamwork and Quality (10:12)

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