Empirically supported comprehensive treatments for young children with autism

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Describes treatment of autism, a severe, chronic developmental disorder that results in significant lifelong disability for most persons, withfew persons everfunctioning in an independent and typical lifestyle. Within the past decade, a number of studies have reported significant changes in the outcomes of very young children with autism following intensive comprehensive treatment. The criteria for empirically supported treatments, as described by Lanigan, Elbert, and Johnson (this issue), were applied to reports of eight treatment efficacy studies published in peer-reviewed journals. Whereas positive outcomes are reported in every case, the field does not yet have a treatment that meets the present criteria for well-established or probably efficacious treatment. Hypothesized variables affecting outcomes that need to be rigorously tested include age at start of treatment, type of treatment used, intensity of treatment, and lQ and language levels at the start of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Science of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2: Autism
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781136800818
ISBN (Print)0815337434, 9780815337454
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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