Outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families after two years of school based early intensive behavioural intervention

Ian Grey, Deirdre Brennan, Brettjet Cody

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Abstract

The effectiveness of a school based Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) program was assessed over a two-year period for a cohort of 16 pre-school children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Children with a mean age of 40 months, were assessed prior to intervention, after 1 year of intervention, and again after 2 years. Significant improvements were observed on measures of adaptive behaviour, communication ability and challenging behaviour. Parents of children attending the program also reported increased familial quality of life, specifically improved emotional and physical well-being and increased parenting capacity over the duration of the program. The current study suggests that EIBI for young children with ASD can be effective in facilitating improvements in communication ability, reducing challenging behaviours and improving quality of life for families. Children’s pre-intervention adaptive skills appeared to be the strongest predictor of post intervention gains as initial level of adaptive ability was positively related to improved post-intervention outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • early intensive behavioural intervention
  • family quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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