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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Symposium #416
CE Offered: BACB
Outcome of Community Based Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism in Europe
Monday, May 26, 2014
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
W183a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Sigmund Eldevik (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences  )
Discussant: Scott C. Cross (Lovaas Institute)
CE Instructor: Sigmund Eldevik, Ph.D.

Outcome on adaptive behavior, intellectual functioning and severity of autistic behavior were measured using standardized assessments at intake and after 1-2 years of behavioral intervention. The intervention was provided through three different centers in Norway and Germany. The centers were publicly funded and provided training and supervision to parents, local educators and pre-school staff. Similarities and differences in the models of service delivery are discussed, and related to outcome.


Outcome of Behavioral Intervention Provided Through a Community Service Model in Germany

Claire Molnar (PEFA), SIGMUND ELDEVIK (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences  )

We evaluated outcome of a community-based model of service delivery in Berlin, Germany. Thirteen pre-school children were offered behavioral intervention for one year. The intervention model relied heavily on parental training and involvement and included a weekly team meeting with a supervisor for each child. After one year we saw significant improvements in PEP3 scores (standard scores, communication, motor and maladaptive) and a significant decrease in CARS2 scores. Seven oft the children were enrolled in a waiting list control group for six months prior to receiving intervention, but no significant improvements were seen in this period. Parental stress was measured using the PSI and was stable throughout the intervention period.


Reduction of Autistic Behavior Following Behavioral Intervention in Mainstream Pre-school Settings

Roy Tonnesen (Pedagogisk Psykologisk Tjeneste), Sigmund Eldevik (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences  ), Astri Valmo (Centre for Early Intervention (STI)), Kristine Titlestad (Norway ABA), Elisabeth Ulvestad (Center for Early Intervention (STI)), HEGE AARLIE (Norway ABA), Kim Henrik Liland (Norway ABA), Marianne Mjos (Norway)

Adaptive behavior and severity of autistic behavior were measured using the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales and the CARS at intake and after about 2 years of behavioral intervention. The intervention was provided through two different centers in Norway. The centers are publicly funded and provide training and supervision to local educators and pre-school staff. A total of 22 children with autism aged between two and five years of age at intake received behavioral intervention and a total of 12 children were in a comparison group that received treatment as usual. After two years we observed a significant increase in adaptive behavior and a significant reduction in autistic behaviors in the behavioral intervention group when compared to the treatment as usual group. Strengths and weaknesses of the mainstream pre-school delivery model are discussed.




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