Efficacy of early interventions for infants and young children with, and at risk for, autism spectrum disorders

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Abstract

With advances in the field’s ability to identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at younger ages, the need for information about the evidence-base for early intervention continues to rise. This review of the ASD early intervention (EI) literature focuses on efficacy studies published within the past 15 years. The neurodevelopmental context for early intervention, timing of initiating intervention, primary intervention approaches, and predictors of treatment outcomes are discussed. The evidence indicates that young children with ASD benefit from EI, and their parents learn to implement child-responsive engagement strategies whe. parent-coaching intervention is provided. Evidence supports combining parent-mediated and direct clinician-implemented intervention to maximize child developmental gains. Clinical practice recommendations are presented, based on the literature reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-39
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • early intervention
  • efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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