Friday, January 06, 2006

New study on Autism Spectrum Disorder publicized

New autism treatment study publicized... Wisconsin Early Autism Project releases results
New research is out regarding autism treatment.
Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP), a Wisconsin-based treatment program for young children with autism, has published a study showing that 48 percent of children treated can achieve average functioning by age 7.
The research, conducted as a replication of work done at UCLA in the 1970s, found that a service model utilizing in-home intensive behavioral therapy with autistic preschoolers is so effective that 90 percent of the children who participated learned to use speech as their first form of communication. Half of the participants in the study reached average IQs after three to four years of treatment and were able to enter first grade and follow the regular classroom curriculum.
The findings were published in the November issue of the American Journal on Mental Retardation.
The Wisconsin Early Autism Project began its research in 1995. Treatment involves a team of therapists working one-on-one with the child for approximately 40 hours or more per week to achieve the best outcome. The service model can be implemented on a wide scale.
While the research group was much smaller, 200 to 300 children have received these services each year since 1995 at clinics based in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, La Crosse and Eau Claire. WEAP also provides ABA services in several other states and countries including Canada, Great Britain and Australia.
For more information and copies of the study contact:
Wisconsin Early Autism Project, Inc.
Glen Sallows Ph.D, president
Tamlynn Graupner, CEO
Madison Office, 6402 Odana Road
Madison, WI 53719.
Call (608) 288-9044.
Fax (608) 288-9042.
Or contact Amy Masek, MS, Director of Development and Outreach, at (262) 432-5660. Fax 262-432-5666. E-mail