Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 48, Issue 11, pp 3808–3815 | Cite as

A Retrospective Chart Review of Children with ASD’s Individual Education Plans Compared to Subsequent Independent Psychological Evaluations

  • Nicholas W. GelbarEmail author
  • Mary Beth Bruder
  • Emily DeBiase
  • John D. Molteni


The heterogeneity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) makes it difficult for school-based professionals to develop effective Individual Education Plans (IEP) for this group. Limited research exists on the quality of IEP programs for individuals with ASD. This article summarizes the results of a retrospective chart review from an outpatient diagnostic center. Researchers collected data from IEPs and subsequent psychological evaluations of 75 individuals diagnosed with ASD. The implications of these results for future research and practice are discussed.


Autism Spectrum Disorder Individualized Education Plans Adaptive skills Behavior 



The research was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Grant Number: 90DD0015-003). The authors would like to thank Brian Reichow who assisted with a pilot version of this study.

Author Contributions

NWG participated in the design and coordination of this study as well as taking the lead in writing the manuscript. MBB participated in the design of the study and contributed to manuscript. ED participated in data collection and contributed to the manuscript. JDM participated in the design of the study and contributed to the manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards

Informed consent

For this type of study, formal consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas W. Gelbar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mary Beth Bruder
    • 1
  • Emily DeBiase
    • 1
  • John D. Molteni
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Connecticut UCEDDFarmingtonUSA
  2. 2.University of St. Joseph‎West HartfordUSA

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