Opinions about integrating

services, research, training, and policy

Traditional academic publications may include very general ideas that may eventually improve programs, while outcome research may describe potential benefits of specific interventions to specific people. But advocates and leaders eager to create, improve, or expand programs are often seeking more specific guidance.  They want to close important gaps in implementation and ensure better lives for everyone affected by ASD right now.

The opinions described here are intended to offer such guidance. Together with stories of and lessons about program development, these opinions help move beyond the ideas suggested by research, to implementation and impact on the scale needed to make real and immediate differences in the lives of the many people living with ASD and related conditions.

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Channeling Goldilocks

Too small, and your program cannot maintain expertise, support more diverse students, and so on.  Too big and you create layers of oversight that stretch the fidelity of your core practices. Just right, and you can break even AND plan for the future.

Are you ready to outgrow your niche?

All programs begin by exploiting a niche: focusing on specific set of goals, using specific practices, for a specific group of people, and so on. Recognizing this niche helps leaders and advocates project growth more accurately.

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What research guides the growth of services?

AutismSpectrumNewsFall 2017 (p.11)Not all research is equally relevant to agencies  and professionals helping their students, patients, and clients achieve better lives right now. Research on outcomes is clearly relevant; research on ASD's possible causes less so.

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