Brief report: Toward refinement of a predictive behavioral profile for treatment outcome in children with autism

Laura Schreibman, Aubyn Stahmer, Valerie Cestone Barlett, Sarah Dufek

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-172
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Behavioral intervention
  • Behavioral profile
  • Early intervention
  • Pivotal Response Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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