This category of poster presentation is included to serve the purpose of allowing educators, service providers, and other agencies affiliated with autism services to showcase practices that may have value to others in the field of autism service. The standards for these posters are not solely based on quality of evidence.
This category can include quasi-experimental or descriptive studies based on verbal reports/rating scales, however, such studies need to demonstrate reasonable attempts to verify validity of verbal reports. Assessment instruments that have reported reliability/validity are preferred. Preference will be given to reports that include practice-related data and direct measures demonstrating practice effectiveness.
- Program exposition and reports poster submissions will need to include references of published evidence (citations) for the model in relation to established practice. Consideration will be given to the degree to which empirical studies supporting the practice are available. For instance, empirical reviews will summarize peer-reviewed research and must include the following components:
- Rationale for program development: identification of component issues. The objective of the literature review must be clearly stated.
- Literature search: identification of empirical research relevant to the program including a summary of the relevant literature. These include a review of scholarly articles, books, and other empirical sources.
- Studies using rating scales/verbal report as assessment instruments should report the psychometric properties (reliability and validity) of the instruments. Preference will be given to those who report this information.
- Interpretation: findings and conclusions of literature reviewed and how the literature supports the development of the program.
- Research design is not required; however, quantitative descriptions of aspects of the program, such as demographics (number of students served, staffing patterns, etc.) as well as baseline and outcome data (performance of students or clients) are required. Preference will be given to exposition poster submissions that provide quantitative data.