American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

New Zealand Ministry of Health
What Is the Evidence for the Effectiveness of Behavioural and Skill-Based Early Intervention in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Doughty, C. (2004).
NZHTA Tech Brief Series, 3(1).

Indicators of Review Quality:

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

Description: This is a review of primary and secondary research pertaining to behavioral and skill-based intervention in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Question(s) Addressed:

What is the evidence for the effectiveness of behavioral and skill-based early intervention in young children with ASD?

Population: Children under eight years of age with autism spectrum disorder.

Intervention/Assessment: Any formal behavioral or skill-based intervention aimed at treating or managing symptoms and associated conditions of ASD in young children.

Number of Studies Included: 10

Years Included: 2000 - 2003

Findings:

Conclusions:

  • Treatment
    • Cognition-Language
      • Applied Behavior Analysis/Discrete Trial Training - The results of this review support the effectiveness of behavioral intervention. However, the authors do not conclude that one particular behavioral intervention is more effective than another.

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioral Treatments

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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