Early Intervention

Study of Nonverbal Autism Must Go Beyond Words, Experts Say

Source: 
Simons Foundation Autism Research Institute
Date Published: 
September 2, 2013
Abstract: 

About one fourth of people with autism are minimally verbal or nonverbal. Early intervention programs have been helping children develop language skills, but researchers say that seemingly unrelated issues such as motor skills and joint attention may hold the key to communication development.

Group Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders and Anxiety: A Randomized Trial

Source: 
J Child Psychol Psychiatry
Date Published: 
April, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

Fifty children with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and anxiety were randomized to group Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) or treatment-as-usual (TAU) for 12 weeks.

Teacher-Implemented Joint Attention Intervention: Pilot Randomized Controlled Study for Preschoolers with Autism

Source: 
J Consult Clin Psychol
Date Published: 
August, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

This study investigated the effectiveness of public preschool teachers implementing a validated intervention (the Joint Attention and Symbolic Play/Engagement and Regulation intervention; JASP/ER) on a core deficit of autism, initiating joint attention.

Making the Connection: Randomized Controlled Trial of Social Skills at School for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
J Child Psychol Psychiatry
Date Published: 
April, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

This study compared two interventions for improving the social skills of high functioning children with autism spectrum disorders in general education classrooms. One intervention involved a peer-mediated approach (PEER) and the other involved a child-assisted approach (CHILD).

Longitudinal Follow-Up of Children with Autism Receiving Targeted Interventions on Joint Attention and Play

Source: 
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry
Date Published: 
May, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

This study examines the cognitive and language outcomes of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over a 5-year period after receiving targeted early interventions that focused on joint attention and play skills.

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Preschool-Based Joint Attention Intervention for Children with Autism

Source: 
J Child Psychol Psychiatry
Date Published: 
January, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

Assess the effects of a preschool-based Joint Attention (JA)-intervention.

Preschool Based JASPER Intervention in Minimally Verbal Children with Autism: Pilot RCT

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
May 1, 2013
Abstract: 

A recent pilot study linked the JASPER intervention (Joint Attention Symbolic Play Engagement and Regulation) to core deficit improvement in minimally verbal 3 to 5 year olds with autism.