Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Julie D. Bass


In the past couple of decades we have seen the enormous growth in the number of individuals with ASD and the types and costs of services provided to them and their families (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016): Autism spectrum disorder: 1 in 68 children U.S. annual costs for children with ASD in 2011 $11-60 billion Cost of autism medical care and therapies per year Medical care for children with ASD on Medicare: $10,000 Intensive behavioral interventions: $40,000-60,000

Occupational therapy is a primary provider for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. There are expectations that the interventions occupational therapy uses are evidence- based. There are growing questions about Comprehensive Treatment Models that are being used with children with ASD.