Outcome of comprehensive psycho-educational interventions for young children with autism

Res Dev Disabil. 2009 Jan-Feb;30(1):158-78. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2008.02.003. Epub 2008 Apr 1.


This paper evaluates comprehensive psycho-educational research on early intervention for children with autism. Twenty-five outcome studies were identified. Twenty studies evaluated behavioral treatment, 3 studies evaluated TEACCH and 2 studies evaluated the Colorado Health Sciences Project. Outcome studies are graded according to their scientific value, and subsequently graded according to the magnitude of results documented in the studies. Based on the available evidence, treatment recommendations are made and practice parameters are suggested.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis
  • Autistic Disorder / psychology
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Behavior Therapy / methods
  • Child, Preschool
  • Early Intervention, Educational
  • Humans
  • Psychotherapy