Intensive Behavioral Treatment for Children with Autism

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The study and treatment of autism as a form of mental retardation has been an area of scholarly and practical interest. Among the studies that have been conducted in recent years, the intervention program tested and studied by Sallows and Graupner deserve considerable attention.


(Sallows & Graupner: 2005, p.417) Their reexamination of the program's effectivity is not a simple and direct replication of the earlier program. Rather, they build on the research already conducted by Lovaas and other scholars by introducing new areas of inquiry to be considered in the course of their research.
Two questions are most notable for their significance. First, they ask whether there would be any significant differences in the success rate of the intervention program if it is parent-directed and community-based, as compared to the clinic-directed, university-based program implemented by the UCLA Young Autism Project. (Sallows & Graupner: 2005, p.419) Second, the research is also directed towards the identification of pre-treatment variables in autistic infants that may predict the success of the early intervention program in treating autism and the symptoms that accompany it. (Sallows & Graupner: 2005, p.419)
The first question poses significant implications for practical purposes in that the relative success of a community-based, parent-directed behavioral intervention program patterned after the UCLA program would translate into a cheaper, more feasible alternative for families seeking intervention treatment for the ...
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