Research in Autism Education

Category Description

Submissions for acceptance in this category will be evaluated based on scientific merit, quality of design and control, and relevance to the fields of autism assessment, intervention, staff training, basic conceptual understanding, and program design. Additional consideration will be given based on the relevance of the research topic to the scientific literature/research base in the fields of special education, autism treatments, psychology, and behavior analysis. Consideration will be given to the degree that experimental control is demonstrated, including threats to internal and external validity as well as reliability of dependent variable measurement. Preference will be given to studies that include measures of inter-observer agreement for the dependent and independent variable, as well as data related to treatment fidelity.

Submission Criteria

Experimental/Quasi-experimental design including single subject designs and inter-group designs. These proposals will demonstrate systematic manipulations and test functional relations either between groups, across individuals, or within an individual.

  1. The proposal will include definitions of both dependent and independent variables.
  2. Various single subject designs used in isolation or in various combinations can be used and must be explicitly stated (i.e., reversal designs, multiple baseline, alternating treatments, and changing criteria designs).
  3. For group designs, the proposal will need to include evidence of an inter-group experimental design to test functional relations and must include clear hypothesis statements, a description of population sample, and a clear statement of sample size and methods of analysis.
  4. Baseline measurements of dependent variables are required for all submissions.
  5. Preference will be given to proposals that include IOA and treatment integrity data.
  6. If study involves problem behavior reduction, Functional analysis, or at a minimum FBA data, is required.
  7. This category does not include data derived primarily from verbal reports. Direct measures must be included for consideration.
  8. Data will be included and presented in a form that allows visual analysis. Posters should include graphs and charts allowing a fairly efficient analysis of the data. Inter-group design studies are to include clear charts summarizing experimental data including any statistical analysis.