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Long-term outcome for children with autism who received early intensive behavioral treatment
Long lasting and significant gains may be found

Authors: McEachin JJ, Smith T, Lovaas OI.
Source: Am J Ment Retard. 1993 Jan;97(4):359-72; discussion 373-91.

Abstract: After a very intensive behavioral intervention, an experimental group of 19 preschool-age children with autism achieved less restrictive school placements and higher IQs than did a control group of 19 similar children by age (Lovaas, 1987). The present study followed-up this finding by assessing subjects at a mean age of 11.5 years. Results showed that the experimental group preserved its gains over the control group. The 9 experimental subjects who had achieved the best outcomes at age 7 received particularly extensive evaluations indicating that 8 of them were indistinguishable from average children on tests of intelligence and adaptive behavior. Thus, behavioral treatment may produce long-lasting and significant gains for many young children with autism.