American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

U.S. Department of Education
Interventions for Young Children With Autism: A Synthesis of the Literature

Levy, S., Kim, A.-H., et al. (2006).
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities 21(1), 55-62.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication No
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible No

Description: This is a review of comparative group studies investigating interventions for children with autism.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Children with autism.

Intervention/Assessment: Autism interventions including speech and language treatments and parent-focused interventions.

Number of Studies Included: 24

Years Included: 1975 to April 2001

Findings:

Conclusions:

  • Treatment
    • Cognition
      • Applied Behavioral Analsyis/Discrete Trial/LOVAAS
        • “Based on the results of this synthesis, the following features of interventions examined had positive effects on the treatment of autism: parent involvement, intensive behavioral intervention, multicomponent early intervention, language/speech treatment, and imitative interaction procedure” (p. 59).

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parent-Mediated Intervention, Behavioral Treatments

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Added to Compendium: January 2012

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