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Early Intervention in the Treatment of Autism/PDD: A Therapeutic Program for the Nuclear Family and their ChildClinical Perspectives

Alonim, H.A. The Mifne Center Israel – Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Vol. 16, 2004

A retrospective evaluation of the programme undertaken by the Schneider Children’s Medical Center revealed that children showed improvement on almost all items of two scales: the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) and the Social Behavior Rating Scale (SBRS). Total scores on both scales showed significant improvement after three weeks and after six months. Follow-up data shows that 73% of the children treated at the Center have been integrated in mainstream schools. Clearly, early detection and treatment in the first year of life can redirect the infant’s development and might avoid the escalation of autistic symptoms. An illustrative case study is described.