Research comparing Autism treatment approaches



Interesting research comparing Autism treatment approaches. Helpful info in the summary at the end:

* If the child is verbal, has the ability to imitate, has limited social communication, and displays inappropriate or problematic behaviors, Pivotal Response Training may be a promising option for parent training intervention since it encompasses a wide range of target skills.

* If the child has a lack of eye contact and joint attention skills, makes little to no attempts to initiate social interactions, and limited vocabulary, Hanen’s More Than Words may be the best intervention choice since it can accommodate both nonverbal and verbal children with ASD.

* If the child is verbal with initial imitative skills, low MLUs, and significant deficits in expressive language and social initiation skills, Milieu Teaching is a viable option for parent training intervention.

* If the child is has little to no spontaneous speech but has imitative skills, Modified Incidental Teaching Sessions are appropriate choices for intervention.

It does a nice job of looking at other factors to consider (cost, time, preferences of parents and individuals with ASD, availability of training, etc.) when choosing approaches.

See screenshots of key elements in each approach in the comments on this post on my OMazing Kids page:

[Note: There are many other Autism treatment approaches (ex: DIR Floortime, TEACCH, ABA Verbal Behavior, etc…) in addition to the ones included in this research. As a SLP, I pick and choose elements based on a particular patient’s needs and what skills I am trying to teach.]
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 26 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.