Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 7, pp 1717–1724

Brief Report: Predictors of Outcomes in the Early Start Denver Model Delivered in a Group Setting

  • Giacomo Vivanti
  • Cheryl Dissanayake
  • Cynthia Zierhut
  • Sally J. Rogers
  • Victorian ASELCC Team
Brief Report

Abstract

There is a paucity of studies that have looked at factors associated with responsiveness to interventions in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We investigated learning profiles associated with response to the Early Start Denver Model delivered in a group setting. Our preliminary results from 21 preschool children with an ASD aged 2- to 5-years suggest that the children with more advanced skills in functional use of objects, goal understanding and imitation made the best developmental gains after 1 year of treatment. Cognitive abilities, social attention, intensity of the treatment and chronological age were not associated with treatment gains.

Keywords

Autism Intervention Early Start Denver Model Predictors of outcomes Social learning 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giacomo Vivanti
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cheryl Dissanayake
    • 1
  • Cynthia Zierhut
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sally J. Rogers
    • 3
  • Victorian ASELCC Team
    • 2
  1. 1.Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, School of Psychological ScienceLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care CentreLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.The M.I.N.D. InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaDavis, SacramentoUSA

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