There is a general agreement that children with autism show varying degrees of early deficits in different developmental areas; besides there is more support for a comprehensive and early functional developmental approach to interventions for autism than for circumscribed approaches that works only with selective aspects. Nevertheless in literature there are few studies about evaluation of treatment in autism which show many methodological limitations too. We compare two groups of autistic children submitted to different treatment (SG: intensive educational programme and CG: intervention offered by territorial services) to evaluate changes during one year of intervention. We used CARS as instrument to assess and to evaluate changes in symptomatology referring to total scores and factors scores. Results showed a significant decrease of severity of symptomatology in both groups but only in SG we observed a decrease in specific social factors of CARS. We discuss this specific effect of our treatment also in relation with existing literature about early interventions in autism.
|Translated title of the contribution||A controlled study on therapeutic effects of day-hospital for autistic children|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health