Study: Young Children with Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who receive high-quality early intervention benefit developmentally regardless of the treatment model used—a surprising result that may have important implications for special-education programs and school classrooms across the country.

Study: Young Children with Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model
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Brian Boyd, PhD

“This is the first study designed to compare long-standing comprehensive treatment models for young children with ASD,” said Brian Boyd, a fellow at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and one of the study’s co-principal investigators. Boyd also is an assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in UNC’s School of Medicine.

The study was published online in June 2013 by the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and the findings were featured in the July 19, 2013, edition of The News and Observer.

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