Progress and outcomes for children with autism receiving parent-managed intensive interventions

Res Dev Disabil. 2002 Jan-Feb;23(1):81-104. doi: 10.1016/s0891-4222(02)00095-1.


Parent-managed behavioral interventions for young children with autism are under-researched. We analysed data from 66 children served by 25 different early intervention consultants. After a mean of 31.6 months of intervention, IQ scores had not changed (N = 22). Vineland adaptive behavior scores had increased significantly by 8.9 points (N = 21). No children aged >72 months attained normal functioning, i.e., IQ > 85 and unassisted mainstream school placement (N = 42). Progress for 60 children across 12 months was found for mental age (5.4 months), adaptive behavior (9.7 months), and language (5.1 months). The interventions did not reproduce results from clinic-based professionally directed programs. The effectiveness of the parent-managed intervention model as it has developed and the adequacy of professional services in that model are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Published Erratum

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Autistic Disorder / psychology
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Early Intervention, Educational
  • Education
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Parents / education*
  • Referral and Consultation