Training paraprofessionals to implement interventions for people autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review. Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: This review summarizes studies in which paraprofessionals were trained to implement interventions for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in school and rehabilitation settings. METHODS: Systematic searches identified 12 studies meeting inclusion criteria. These studies were evaluated in terms of: (a) participant characteristics, (b) intervention implemented, (c) training procedures, (d) outcomes and (e) certainty of evidence. RESULTS: Across the 12 studies intervention was provided to a total of 39 paraprofessionals including teacher aides and rehabilitation staff. Paraprofessionals were trained to implement: social stories, prompting, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), incidental teaching or activity schedules. Training procedures included written and verbal explanations, modelling, video demonstrations, role playing and feedback. Positive outcomes were reported in 92% of the included studies. CONCLUSION: Although the literature base is limited, this review highlights promising training procedures and areas in need of further research.

published proceedings

  • Dev Neurorehabil

altmetric score

  • 4

author list (cited authors)

  • Rispoli, M., Neely, L., Lang, R., & Ganz, J.

citation count

  • 69

complete list of authors

  • Rispoli, Mandy||Neely, Leslie||Lang, Russell||Ganz, Jennifer

publication date

  • January 2011