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Am J Ment Retard. 2007 Nov;112(6):418-38.

Early intensive behavioral intervention: outcomes for children with autism and their parents after two years.

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Centre for Behavioural Research Analysis and intervention in Developmental Disabilities, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK.


An intervention group (n=23) of preschool children with autism was identified on the basis of parent preference for early intensive behavioral intervention and a comparison group (n=21) identified as receiving treatment as usual. Prospective assessment was undertaken before treatment, after 1 year of treatment, and again after 2 years. Groups did not differ on assessments at baseline but after 2 years, robust differences favoring intensive behavioral intervention were observed on measures of intelligence, language, daily living skills, positive social behavior, and a statistical measure of best outcome for individual children. Measures of parental well-being, obtained at the same three time points, produced no evidence that behavioral intervention created increased problems for either mothers or fathers of children receiving it.

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