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J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Apr;42(4):512-20. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1218-9.

Overview of meta-analyses on early intensive behavioral intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorders.

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Yale Child Study Center, 230 South Frontage Road, New Haven, CT 06519, USA. brian.reichow@yale.edu

Abstract

This paper presents an overview of 5 meta-analyses of early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) published in 2009 and 2010. There were many differences between meta-analyses, leading to different estimates of effect and overall conclusions. The weighted mean effect sizes across meta-analyses for IQ and adaptive behavior ranged from g = .38-1.19 and g = .30-1.09, respectively. Four of five meta-analyses concluded EIBI was an effective intervention strategy for many children with ASDs. A discussion highlighting potential confounds and limitations of the meta-analyses leading to these discrepancies and conclusions about the efficacy of EIBI as an intervention for young children with ASDs are provided.

PMID:
21404083
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-011-1218-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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