Professor Richard Hastings of Bangor University has just blogged about some new outcome data for Intensive Behavioural Intervention for children with autism. Professor Hastings writes:
The data from the meta-analysis are also important for the unique perspective that they can provide for policy makers and in terms of an economic analysis of comprehensive behavioural intervention for young children with autism. Basically, we showed that around 30% of children with autism receiving a comprehensive behavioural intervention might have very considerable positive outcomes after two years of intervention and that children who do not receive this intervention are much less likely to achieve this level of outcome (about 7% at best). Thus, behavioural intervention might increase the chances of a considerably positive outcome by 4-5 times. These data might be a useful way for policy makers to consider the potential impact of large scale implementation of a comprehensive behavioural intervention model and also to begin ask whether the economic investment (quite apart from the value of positive outcomes for an individual child and their family) is worthwhile.
For a more detailed analysis of Professor Hastings findings, visit his blog.