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Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2009 Jan;3(1):163-172.

Brief Report: Toward Refinement of a Predictive Behavioral Profile for Treatment Outcome in Children with Autism.

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  • 1Laura Schreibman, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA. Aubyn C. Stahmer, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA. Valerie Cestone Barlett, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA. Sarah Dufek, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA.


Previously researchers identified a behavioral profile that predicted treatment response of children with autism to a specific behavioral intervention, Pivotal Response Training (PRT). This preliminary investigation sought to refine this profile by obtaining six participants matching the original nonresponder profile on all but one of the profile behaviors (toy contact or avoidance) and then assessing their response to PRT. In addition, participants received a course of Discrete Trial Training (DTT) to determine whether the profile predicted child response to this intervention. Altering the original profile behavior of toy contact led to improved response to PRT while, altering the profile behavior of high avoidance had little impact on treatment response, and the profile was not predictive of response to DTT.

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