Objectives: This study investigated whether preschool teachers could reach fidelity on a validated intervention (the Joint Attention and Symbolic Play/Engagement and Regulation intervention-JASP/ER) that targeted the instruction of joint attention to preschoolers with autism during ongoing classroom activities. In addition, the study focused on which of the 11 specific JASP/ER strategies teachers/paraprofessionals reached fidelity with.
Methods: Sixteen dyads (preschoolers with ASD and the public school teacher or paraprofessional who worked in the child’s classroom) were randomly assigned to the six-week JASP/ER intervention or a control group.
Results: At the end of the intervention, JASP/ER teachers/paraprofessionals used more JASP/ER strategies than the control teachers/paraprofessionals. JASP/ER teachers/paraprofessionals reached fidelity with six JASP/ER strategies.
Conclusions: Findings suggest that teachers/paraprofessionals could implement a validated treatment in a public preschool context.
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