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Thursday, 1st May 2008

The school seminar series 2008 continues this coming Thursday with a special presentation by Professor Bob Remington, University of Southampton, England
DATE: Thursday, 1 May 2008

LOCATION: Room TBA, 3-4 pm

TITLE: EARLY INTENSIVE BEHAVIOURAL INTERVENTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM: ABA AT THE CROSSROADS

ABSTRACT:Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) has a long history of successful use to advance the education of children with developmental disabilities: Its track record of research demonstrating the effectiveness of individualised interventions in specific domains (e.g., communication, conduct, play, social behaviour, etc.) is second to none. Despite this, the evaluation of Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) packages, designed to provide ABA-based treatment across all domains, presents a continuing methodological challenge. This seminar reports the first UK-based 2 year field effectiveness evaluation of EIBI for young children with autism. An Intervention group (N=23) of preschool children with autism, identified on the basis of parent preference for EIBI, received treatment supplied either by the Southampton Childhood Autism Programme (SCAmP) or private service providers. A Comparison group (N=21) received Treatment as Usual supplied by Local Education Authorities. Prospective assessment was undertaken before treatment, after 1 year of treatment, and again after 2 years. Groups did not differ on assessments at baseline but, after 2 years, robust differences favouring EIBI were observed on measures of intelligence, language, daily living skills, and positive social behaviour. Additionally, a greater proportion of individuals in the Intervention group showed statistically defined reliable and clinically significant change in IQ. Measures of parental well-being, obtained at the same three time points, produced little or no evidence that behavioural intervention created increased problems for either mothers or

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