University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

34 Years of Research on LEAP Preschool: Outcome Data, Lessons Learned, and Inclusion

34 Years of Research on LEAP Preschool: Outcome Data, Lessons Learned, and Inclusion

Philip S. Strain, PhD

Professor of Educational Psychology & Psychiatry, University of Colorado-Denver; Director, Positive Early Learning Experiences Center

Philip S. Strain

Dr. Strain is the author of over 300 professional papers in the early intervention field, has served on the editorial boards of over 20 professional journals, has been the PI of grants totaling more than 50 million dollars and has been recognized with distinguished career awards on three separate occasions. He authored the original grant that funded the development of the LEAP model for young children with autism in 1980, conducted the largest randomized, controlled trial of an autism intervention (LEAP) to date and recently received Federal funding to conduct a long-term follow-up on participants from the randomized trial.

Presentation overview
This presentation documents outcomes for typically developing children and peers with autism in LEAP Preschool. Research and clinical data provide guidance for child ratios, intervention intensity, assessment strategies, adult roles, and organization of teaching contexts in inclusion settings. 

Educational objectives
As a result of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the range of immediate and follow-up outcomes achieved by participants in LEAP preschool
  2. Identify lessons learned in LEAP Preschool specific to child ratios, adult roles and responsibilities, assessment procedures, intervention intensity and the organization of large group teaching contexts
  3. Have an opportunity to apply the lessons learned to their own inclusion efforts

Time-ordered agenda

8:30-10:00 LEAP Overview, Intervention Fidelity and Research Strategies
10:00-10:15 BREAK
10:15-12:00 Immediate and Follow-up Outcomes for LEAP Participants
12:00-1:15 LUNCH
1:15-3:00 Lessons Learned and Redefining Inclusion

Dr. Strain is employed by the University of Colorado Denver. Disclosures: Financial: Honoraria from the University of Vermont for travel and speaking at this conference; grant funding from the Institute for Education Science. Non-financial: Director of the Positive Early Learning Experiences Center, University of Colorado-Denver; chapters and article written related to areas of research with no publisher payment.

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