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Lauren Franz
Duke University
27Publications
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Background: A lack of specialists, and insufficient infrastructure and funding to scale early interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) characterize low-resource settings. Integration of early intervention methods that utilize non-specialists, and involve caregivers, into existing systems of care, offers the best hope to address such unmet needs. In South Africa, a caregiver coaching intervention, informed by principles of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) was adapted for delivery by no...
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#1Lauren FranzH-Index: 11
#2Geraldine DawsonH-Index: 98
In the early years of life, the brain is primed to develop language and social skills, key areas of difficulty in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Teaching these language and social skills in the early years of life, when the brain expects to learn them, is associated with more rapid and stronger response than when these skills are taught at a later age (1-3). Early intervention can therefore optimize outcomes, improve independence, and lessen long-term costs (4,5). Globally, the...
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#2Petrus J. de VriesH-Index: 17
Last.Lauren FranzH-Index: 11
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Background: Coaching caregivers to deliver Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI) strategies to their young child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) could help address the provider capacity barrier in sub-Saharan Africa. However, the behavioral and developmental research that underpins NDBIs is overwhelmingly drawn from high resource settings. Therefore, our understanding of joint activity routines, including play and family routines in which NDBI strategies are embedded, may...
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#1Kimberly L. H. Carpenter (Duke University)H-Index: 8
#2Samantha Major (Duke University)H-Index: 2
Last.Geraldine Dawson (Duke University)H-Index: 98
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#1Jessy Guler (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 1
#2Petrus J. de Vries (UCT: University of Cape Town)H-Index: 17
Last.Lauren Franz (Duke University)H-Index: 11
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The majority of individuals with autism spectrum disorder live in low- and middle-income countries and receive little or no services from health or social care systems. The development and validation of autism spectrum disorder interventions has almost exclusively occurred in high-income countries, leaving many unanswered questions regarding what contextual factors would need to be considered to ensure the effectiveness of interventions in low- and middle-income countries. This study qualitative...
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#1Lauren Franz (UCT: University of Cape Town)H-Index: 11
#2Konyin Adewumi (Duke University)H-Index: 1
Last.Petrus J. de Vries (UCT: University of Cape Town)H-Index: 17
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We set out to examine key stakeholder perspectives on early detection and intervention for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in South Africa. Early detection and intervention improves child and family outcomes and lessens long-term costs. We focused on stakeholders in the Western Cape province, one of the better-resourced in terms of healthcare. Eight senior management level stakeholders, two each from government's Health, Education, and Social Development, and the non-profit sector were identified...
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#1Lauren Franz (Duke University)H-Index: 11
#1Lauren Franz (Duke University)H-Index: 11
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