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Impact of the CLM on the GARS, Vineland, and PLS Outcomes for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Vista Research and Publications

The Competent Learner Model (CLM) is a behavioral model derived from Applied Behavior Analysis, Direct Instruction, and Precision Teaching.  It is designed to develop seven comprehensive behavioral repertoires:

• Participator
• Writer
• Reader
• Problem Solver
• Listener
• Observer
• Talker

This study evaluated the relation between the CLM and development of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at The Vista School. The study measured changes in the children’s behavior from their initial enrollment at the school until two years later using the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, The Gilliam Autism Rating Scale, and the Preschool Language Scale. The results indicate significant relations between the CLM and improvements in several behavioral domains. There were significant improvements in students’ adaptive behavior, personal, school community, interpersonal, and coping skills as well as decreases in stereotyped behavior and the overall Autism Index. There were large effect sizes for improvements in play and leisure, socialization, social interaction, auditory comprehension, and expressive communication indicating the statistical and practical importance of the changes in the children’s behavior.

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