Focused Issue on Implementing Autism Early Intervention: A Global Perspective

Posted On 2019-07-02 07:07:08



This focused issue on “Implementing Autism Early Intervention” is edited by Dr. Geraldine Dawson, from Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA; and Dr. Lauren Franz, from Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.

Geraldine Dawson is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University. She is Past-President of the International Society for Autism Research and a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. She is Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, an interdisciplinary autism research and treatment center, and Chair of the Faculty Governance Committee for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. Dawson is Director of an NIH Autism Center of Excellence Award at Duke focused on understanding early detection, neural bases, and treatment of autism and ADHD. Dawson has published extensively on early detection, brain function, and treatment of autism.

Lauren Franz is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health at Duke University. She holds an appointment as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. As a global mental health clinical researcher, Dr Franz focuses her work on improving access to evidence-based early intervention for neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders in low-resource settings. Dr Franz has several ongoing research studies in the fields of neurodevelopmental disorders and child and adolescent mental health that are being conducted with colleagues in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town.

Focused issue outline:

  1. Preface/opening editorial on progress and challenges in implementing autism early intervention from a global perspective
    Geraldine Dawson and Lauren Franz, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  2. Considerations in implementing evidence-based early ASD interventions in community settings
    Aubyn Stahmer, University of California, Davis, USA
  3. Barriers and facilitators to implementing a caregiver coaching early ASD intervention in South Africa
    Chipo Belindah Makombe, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa and Lauren Franz, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  4. Early ASD screening and diagnosis in China
    Xiu Xu, Children's Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  5. Progress and challenges in early intervention of autism spectrum disorder in China
    Xiu Xu, Children's Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  6. A review on measuring treatment response in parent-mediated autism early interventions
    Jill Lorenzi, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  7. Parental training of autistic children in Chinese families Xiu Xu, Children's Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  8. The effects of early ASD intervention on parenting stress, sense of competence and mental health
    Annette Estes, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  9. Delivery of group-early start Denver model in an Australian early childhood setting
    Giacomo Vivanti, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA and La Trobe University, Australia, and Cheryl Dissanayake, La Trobe University, Australia
  10. Early autism intervention and language development in Japan
    Yuko Yoshimura, Institute of Human and Social Sciences, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan and Tomoko Haramaki, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
  11. Caregiver descriptions of joint activity routines with young children with autism spectrum disorder in South Africa
    Kevin Ramseur, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA