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Autism Intervention: Early and Intense

In a reproduction of a 1987 study, researches have demonstrated that intensive one-to-one training can have a dramatic impact on autistic children. Working with 24 autistic children for 40 hours a week over four years the researchers lifted the children’s IQ by an average of 22 points. Eight of the children had an increase of 45 points, lifting the children into the normal range of IQ. Interestingly, though the children were of well matched before the start of the study their improvement could be clearly grouped into rapid learners and moderate learners. It would be interesting to know if this is linked to this research on Different Types of Autism: Complex and Essential.
The importance of early detection and intensive intervention of at least 25 hours has been shown in other studies. The result from these treatments is at least as good if not better than those claimed by cheatlation, a treatment with little scientific evidence to back it up. Though intensive intervention is expensive, it is cheap compared to the cost of leaving an autistic children untreated so that they need 24 hour care for the rest of their lives.
Papers: Replicating Lovaas’ Treatment and Findings: Preliminary Results, Intensive Behavioral Treatment for Children with Autism: Four Year Outcome, Residual Symptoms and Predictors
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One Comment

  1. Vivian Halperin

    I am against ” intensive treatment” which spans 25 or mroe hours a week. This is why. Firstly this is stressful for the children. A basic premise of healthy childhood development is that stimulation has greatest impact upon children who are calm and relaxed. Therefore this method goes what we know is most basic early healthy development.

    Secondly, you state that eight of the 24 children reached a normal IQ range. What kind of autism did they have? How severe was it?

    Thirdly if intensive treatment really works, then it should have a positive impact upon the majority of children, not one third of the children.

    There are ways to work with autism, but if prfessionals are to have a positive impact upon most children with autism then they should think about healthy child development first, and then apply it to children with developmental delays.

    I define autism as the magnification of the needs of early development. This is autism!

    What do you think?

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