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Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2009 Oct-Dec;21(4):195-204.

Retrospective analysis of clinical records in 38 cases of recovery from autism.

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Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Tarzana, CA 91356, USA. D.Granpeesheh@centerforautism.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Twenty years of research on early intensive treatment using applied behavior analysis (ABA) for children with autism has consistently produced robust effects. There appears to be a subset of children whose response to intensive ABA treatments includes achieving a level of functioning that is indistinguishable from typically developing peers. The purpose of this study was to describe a subset of children who recovered from autism following intensive ABA interventions.

METHODS:

We reviewed the clinical files of 38 children with autism who achieved an optimal outcome after receiving intensive ABA services.

RESULTS:

The mean age at intake was 40 months. Average IQ was 83.6 at intake and 107.9 at discharge. Mean adaptive skills were 68.04 at intake and 88.87 at discharge.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our study corroborates the finding that some children with autism who receive early intensive behavioral intervention achieve functioning in the average range.

PMID:
19917210
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