Why Autism Interventions Fail in Schools and What to do About It

Friday, December 2, 2016

David Mandell is Associate Professor of Mental Health Services Research in Psychiatry; Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania; Associate Director, Center for Autism Research, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania; Director, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The last 50 years have seen tremendous advances in policies that increase the civil rights of, and improve access to care for, children with autism and other disabilities. While these policies represent a tremendous step forward, they have not resulted in commensurate improvements in quality of care. Outcomes for children with autism still lag far behind what has been demonstrated in university-based intervention trials. This is especially true in public schools, where children with autism receive most of their intervention. This presentation presents research findings from studies conducted in partnership with school districts to transform how we provide educational interventions to children with autism. There will be a question and answer period and light refreshments will be served.

RAIND Distinguished Speaker David Mandell 12-02-2016