Reviewed by Dori F. Zaleznik, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston
Intensive behavior programs for autism spectrum disorders were moderately effective at improving core deficits, particularly when started shortly after diagnosis, but additional and stronger research on these programs is needed, a systematic review found.
A policy statement from the Evidence-based Practice Center on behavioral interventions for autism found that programs offering comprehensive, intense, and long-duration interventions started shortly after diagnosis and for at least 25 hours a week may offer the best outcomes, according to Margaret Maglione, MPP, of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center in Santa Monica, and colleagues.
Interventions should address social communication, language, play skills, and maladaptive behavior, they wrote online in Pediatrics. READ MORE >>