Long- Term Outcome for Children With Autism Who Received Early Intensive Behavioral Treatment


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 7 (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 it’s 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.