What Works in Autism Treatment

Dr. Katie O'Hara

Dr. Kathleen S. O'Hara ('15), a graduate from UNLV's College of Education is leading the way in research-based interventions in autism. Locally, Kathleen works to provide support and service to families as a Case Manager within the Early Childhood Department in the Clark County School District (CCSD). Within these capacities, Kathleen strives to commit to excellence in service in education.

O'Hara's dissertation, "A comparison of PIPRT to VMO to increase social play skills in children with autism" was recently selected for review by the What Works Clearinghouse of The Institute of Education Sciences due to its exemplary research demonstration of an effective intervention for students with autism.

Dr. O'Hara cites that this latest development indicates that her work has meaning and motivates her to continue work in this area.

O'Hara completed a master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in autism in 2006, as well as a doctorate in Early Childhood Special Education in 2015.

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