The DATA Model for Teaching Preschoolers with Autism: Blending Approaches to Meet Individual Needs

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The DATA Model for Teaching Preschoolers with Autism

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Blending Approaches to Meet Individual Needs

How can you help preschoolers with autism thrive in inclusive classrooms? 

DATA Model for Teaching Preschoolers with AutismSupport their success with this comprehensive, school-based program for children ages 3 to 5 with autism spectrum disorder. Blending best practices from applied behavior analysis and early childhood special education, The DATA Model is a proven program rooted in evidence-based practice and based on 20 years of testing and refinement. Use The DATA Model to

  • create a developmentally appropriate learning environment
  • conduct assessment with the Skills Checklist to determine functional needs and learning goals
  • write clear, step-by-step instructional programs and lesson plans for every learning goal
  • select and deliver instructional strategies that fit the unique needs of each specific child
  • choose and use effective instructional tools such as discrete trials, naturalistic instruction, shaping, and chaining
  • embed learning opportunities within classroom activities and routines
  • address challenging behavior while increasing children’s ability to communicate their needs
  • expertly organize children’s assessments, programs, and other information for easy access
  • collaborate with families and the community to meet the needs of each child
  • monitor progress with the Skills Checklist, so you can clearly see if your interventions are working

Download a quick summary of The DATA Model for Teaching Preschoolers with Autism in this DATA At-A-Glance sheet

At-A-Glance

What does it assess?
A comprehensive intervention program for young children with autism in inclusive classrooms, the DATA Model includes an assessment checklist to measure children’s functional needs and interventions to increase children’s developmental progress.

What are the components?
The manual includes everything you need: an assessment tool called the Skills Checklist to determine what skills to address and to monitor progress, and 150 instructional programming sheets.

What is the age range?
Ages 3–5

Where is it conducted?
Inclusive early childhood programs, such as public preschools, Head Start programs, private child care/preschools, and mental health or behavioral health centers

Who conducts it?
Early interventionists, early childhood educators and special educators, paraprofessionals, applied behavior analysts

What areas does it assess?
The Skills Checklist assessment covers 6 domains:

  • Adaptive
  • Executive Functioning
  • Cognitive
  • Communication
  • Social
  • Play

How long does it take to complete?
The DATA Model is implemented on an ongoing basis during the school year. Children in the DATA Model spend 20 hours a week in school-based educational setting. They spend a minimum of ten hours a week in an inclusive preschool setting and ten hours a week in an intensive, instructional setting.

Is Training Available?
Educators and applied behavior analysts can implement this model with the information provided in the manual. Additional training is available from the authors.