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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2012 Feb;59(1):147-64, xi-xii. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2011.10.006.

Behavioral interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, 226 Thach Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5214, USA.


Early intensive behavioral intervention is the only well-established treatment for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Less intensive behavioral interventions are also effective for targeted concerns with older children and adolescents. This article describes the core features of behavioral treatments, summarizes the evidence base for effectiveness, and provides recommendations to facilitate family understanding of these interventions and identification of qualified providers. Recommendations are also provided for collaboration between pediatric providers and behavior analysts who are serving families of individuals with ASDs.

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