Outcomes of a 10-Hour per Week Interdisciplinary Early Intervention Program for Young Children with Autism
Objectives: This study reviews the specific clinical model and evaluates the effectiveness of a 10 hour, per week interdisciplinary model using The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and The Verbal Behavior Milestone Assessment and Placement Program (VB-Mapp).
Methods: A single-subject, multiple baseline across participants design was used to evaluate the key outcomes of 30 children with ASD in their first year of intervention. The rate of acquisition (number of milestones achieved per month) for the first year of treatment was evaluated and compared across three intervention groups: those who began intervention prior to age 3, those who began intervention between the 3 and 4 years of age, and those who began intervention after 4 years of age.
Results: Preliminary results suggest that those who began treatment prior to the age of 3 achieved significantly more VB-Mapp Milestones in their first year of intervention than those who began treatment after three years of age.
Conclusions: The effects and benefits of a 10 hour per week interdisciplinary early intervention program will be discussed.