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
Archives: Autism, Autism Testing & Diagnosis
- Applied Behaviour Analysis Shown as an Effective Autism Treatment
- Behavior Intervention Review
- Predicting Autism in Infants at 12 Months
- Autism / Mercury Linked Disproved? Autistic Children Have Larger Brains
- Different Types of Autism: Complex and Essential