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Eclectic model

An eclectic model often includes parts of a behavioral model, developmental model, speech therapy (Articulation/Apraxia), and sensory integration in varying degrees. Eclecticism is a matter of picking and choosing techniques within each model and putting them together. This methodology is prevalent in Oregon schools and early intervention.

Research: does not exist as it is based on the model’s use in public schools and adult services.

Goals of an eclectic model: to meet IFSP/IEP Goals & Objectives and mainstreaming. The eclectic approach attempts to provide intensive early intervention, considers adaptive communication systems, remediates autism, and tries to increase independence.

Assessment and curriculum: often uses the ASIEP-2 Autism Behavior Checklist (Arick/PSU), GSI – Generic Skills Inventory, and various standardized tests.

An eclectic approach may include:
• STARS program developed by Joel Arick of PSU
• Pivotal Response Training (PRT) (Behavioral)
• Discrete Trial (DTT) (Behavioral)
• Structured Teaching workbasket system (Developmental)
• Natural Environment Teaching (NET) such as playing with a dollhouse
• Circle time with songs and activities
• Snack time - often used for requesting skills
• Visual cues (Developmental)
• Schedule system(s) (Developmental)
• Greenspan’s Floortime (Developmental)
• Carol Gray Social Stories (Developmental)
• Sensory Integration (sand/water table, big ball, swing)
• Occupational Therapy (handwriting, bike riding, skipping)
• Speech Therapy

Eclectic Resources and Contacts:
• Oregon Regional Programs
• Books by Janice Janzen
• OTAC (see Oregon Autism Resources)