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A systematic review of early intensive intervention for autism spectrum disorders

ToniAnne Giunta from Caldwell College did a systematic review of early intensive intervention for autism spectrum disorders. The  1987 study conducted by Lovaas and his UCLA colleagues revealed that early intensive interventions, rooted in the principles of behavior analysis, can lead to improved outcomes in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD; e.g., decreased symptoms of autism and interfering behaviors, increased cognitive and adaptive functioning, higher likelihood of transitioning to general education settings, increased independence). Since that time, additional research has been conducted in this area and expanded to include other interventions. The present study attempted to systematically review published evidence to examine the effectiveness of behavioral and developmental interventions, and to deter-mine questions for additional research.

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