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The Effects of Age and Treatment Intensity on Behavioral Intervention Outcomes for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Authored by Granpeesheh, D., Dixon DR, Tarbox J., Kaplan AM, and Wilke AE in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Volume 3, Issue 4, p. 1014-1022, (2009).

Article summary (posted Sep 23, 2010):


More applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment hours may yield better results for children with autism who are between the ages of two and seven.

Most people assume that children who receive more treatment hours will gain more skills. The purpose of this study was to see if the number of treatment hours and age of the child had any effect on the number of monthly mastered skills as taught using an early intensive behavioral intervention program. The study showed that the more treatment hours and the younger the child, the more skills the child mastered. The number of treatment hours seemed to matter greatly to children younger than seven, but not as much to children older than seven. The authors suggest that future studies take note of patient age and think about patient age when designing a treatment study and talking about the results of a study.


You can access the original abstract and the complete paper is sometimes available for free via Google Scholar (look for entries that say "PDF").

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