Barriers to Educator Implementation of a Classroom-Based Intervention for Preschoolers With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Kaitlyn P. Wilson, Rebecca J. Landa

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Abstract

There is considerable need for adoptable evidence-based interventions for implementation in public classrooms serving children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) during the preschool years, an important period in neurodevelopment. Barriers to implementation, including gaps in teacher education, contribute to the research-to-practice gap, and may compromise child outcomes. This qualitative study collected ongoing verbal and written feedback from educators (n = 8) and administrators (n = 3) during their participation in the iterative development phase of a larger project to translate and preliminarily trial an evidence-based intervention, Early Achievements, in public preschool classrooms. Using a grounded theory-based approach, barriers were identified in areas of educator preparedness, engagement, and cohesion, complexity of instructing students with ASD, limited time/resources, and administrator support. Educators and administrators differed in their perspectives. Innovative strategies are presented for enhancing transportability, along with discussion of implications for teacher education practices and related policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number27
JournalFrontiers in Education
Volume4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 25 2019

Keywords

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • barriers
  • classroom
  • implementation
  • pre-service training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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