Objectives: In this poster we describe the program and present preliminary one-year follow-up data on 20 children treated within the program, focussing here on IQ-outcome. The study is an effectiveness study on a therapy approach which can easily be implemented in early intervention centres in Germany.
Methods: 20 children with a diagnosis of autism or atypical autism, age 3-5 years old were enrolled into the study. Diagnosis was made by ADI-R and ADOS, IQ testing was performed by the Bayley Scales II or the Snijders Oomen non-verbal intelligence test. Measures were repeated after one year.
Results: Most children who could be tested before and after therapy showed an increase in measured IQ.
Conclusions: This early intervention for preschool children with ASD can be implemented as a therapy within the public service domain, is highly appreciated by parents, children, and therapists, and shows some promise with regard to the improvement of target parameters in children with ASD.
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