Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 211–224 | Cite as

Effects of Low-Intensity Behavioral Treatment for Children with Autism and Mental Retardation

  • Sigmund Eldevik
  • Svein Eikeseth
  • Erik Jahr
  • Tristram Smith
Article

Abstract

We retrospectively compared 2 groups of children receiving either behavioral treatment (n=13) or eclectic treatment (n=15) for an average of 12 hours per week. Children were assessed on intelligence, language, adaptive functioning and maladaptive behavior at pretreatment and 2 years into treatment. The groups did not differ significantly at pretreatment. After 2 years of treatment, the behavioral group made larger gains than the eclectic group in most areas. However, gains were more modest than those reported in previous studies with children receiving more intensive behavioral treatment, and it is questionable whether they were clinically significant.

Keywords

Behavioral intervention eclectic treatment autism intensity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sigmund Eldevik
    • 1
    • 4
  • Svein Eikeseth
    • 2
  • Erik Jahr
    • 1
  • Tristram Smith
    • 3
  1. 1.Akershus University HospitalNordbyhagenNorway
  2. 2.Akershus University College and Glenne CenterSandvikaNorway
  3. 3.University of Rochester Medical CenterRochesterUSA
  4. 4.Department for Early Intervention (STI)Nordvoll School and Autism CenterOsloNorway

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