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J Autism Dev Disord. 2006 Aug;36(6):753-6.

Focused stimulation for a child with autism spectrum disorder: a treatment study.

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Department of Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut, 850 Bolton Road, Unit 1085, Storrs, Connecticut 06269, USA.


This study explored the use of focused stimulation as an intervention technique for a three-year-old boy diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His parents were trained to use focused stimulation to facilitate comprehension of what is x doing question forms. Responses to question probes were collected at both pre- and post-treatment intervals. At the beginning of the study, the child did not respond correctly to any of the target questions. Following intervention, the child made significant gains towards the target goal, but little change towards a control goal used for comparison. These findings provide preliminary support for the usefulness of focused stimulation as an intervention strategy for at least some children with ASD.

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