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Summary of Systematic Review

Applied Behavior Analytic Intervention for Autism in Early Childhood: Meta-Analysis, Meta-Regression and Dose-Response Meta-Analysis of Multiple Outcomes
Virues-Ortega, J. (2010).
Clinical Psychology Review, 30(4), 387-399.

This review meets the criteria for a high-quality evidence-based systematic review.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review states a clearly focused question or aim No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes
Characteristics of the included studies are provided Yes

Description:
This is a meta-analysis of published, peer-reviewed, quantitative studies investigating applied behavior analytic intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorders

Question(s)/Aim(s) Addressed:
Question not specifically stated.

Population:
Young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), not further specified.

Intervention/Assessment:
Applied behavior analytic (ABA) intervention administered at least 10 hours per week for at least 45 weeks.

Number of Studies Included:
22

Years Included:
January 1985 to April 2009

Conclusions:

Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Treatment

    • Cognition/Language

      • Behavioral Interventions

        • “Results suggest that long-term, comprehensive ABA intervention leads to (positive) medium to large effects in terms of intellectual functioning, language development, and adaptive behavior of individuals with autism” (p. 397).

Social Communication Disorders

  • Treatment

    • Cognition/Language

      • Behavioral Interventions/Techniques

        • Applied Behavioral Analysis – “Results suggest that long-term, comprehensive ABA intervention leads to (positive) medium to large effects in terms of intellectual functioning, language development, and adaptive behavior [e.g., communication, socialization] of individuals with autism” (p. 397).

Spoken Language Disorders

  • Treatment

    • Cognition/Language

      • Behavioral Approaches/Interventions

        • Applied Behavioral Analysis

          • “Results suggest that long-term, comprehensive [applied behavioral analysis] intervention leads to (positive) medium to large effects in terms of intellectual functioning, language development, and adaptive behavior of individuals with autism” (p. 397).

Sponsoring Body:
Not stated.

Keywords:
Behavioral Treatments, Autism Spectrum Disorders

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