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Effect of community interventions on social-communicative abilities of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder

Sara Van der Paelt (UGent) , Petra Warreyn (UGent) and Herbert Roeyers (UGent)
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Purpose: To evaluate the effect that different intervention methods have on the social-communicative abilities of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in community settings. Methods: Intervention based on applied behaviour analysis was compared with a more specific intervention programme targeting imitation and joint attention (JA) and with treatment as usual in a sample of 85 children with ASD. Objective measures for imitation, JA, pretend play, language, autism severity and parent report measures were used to assess the effect of six months of intervention. Results: Results revealed no differences between the intervention methods. There was, however, great individual variability in outcome within each treatment method. Conclusion: These results suggest that it is important to focus on What works for whom instead of trying to find a one-size-fits-all-treatment for children with ASD.
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JOINT ATTENTION, INTENSIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION, YOUNG-CHILDREN, PRETEND PLAY, TODDLERS, OUTCOMES, LANGUAGE, IMITATION, PARENTS, SKILLS, Applied behaviour analysis, social communication, treatment

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Van der Paelt, Sara, Petra Warreyn, and Herbert Roeyers. 2016. “Effect of Community Interventions on Social-communicative Abilities of Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Developmental Neurorehabilitation 19 (3): 162–174.
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Van der Paelt, S., Warreyn, P., & Roeyers, H. (2016). Effect of community interventions on social-communicative abilities of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder. DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROREHABILITATION, 19(3), 162–174.
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Van der Paelt S, Warreyn P, Roeyers H. Effect of community interventions on social-communicative abilities of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder. DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROREHABILITATION. 2016;19(3):162–74.
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Van der Paelt, Sara, Petra Warreyn, and Herbert Roeyers. “Effect of Community Interventions on Social-communicative Abilities of Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROREHABILITATION 19.3 (2016): 162–174. Print.
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  author       = {Van der Paelt, Sara and Warreyn, Petra and Roeyers, Herbert},
  issn         = {1751-8423},
  journal      = {DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROREHABILITATION},
  keywords     = {JOINT ATTENTION,INTENSIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION,YOUNG-CHILDREN,PRETEND PLAY,TODDLERS,OUTCOMES,LANGUAGE,IMITATION,PARENTS,SKILLS,Applied behaviour analysis,social communication,treatment},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {162--174},
  title        = {Effect of community interventions on social-communicative abilities of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/17518423.2014.933983},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2016},
}

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