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http://faculty.caldwell.edu/kreeve/Lovaas%201987.pdf Original research in peer-reviewed journals indicating that 90% of children substantially improved when utilizing the Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis, compared to the control group. Close to half attained a normal IQ and tested within the normal range on adaptive and social skills.

http://www.wiautism.com/pdf/ReplicatingLovaas1999.pdf  Follow-up research in early adolescence showed that children in the 1987 study maintained their skills and could succeed in life without costly special education and residential services. 

 

http://www.ctfeat.org/articles/ABAvEclectic.pdf   Results from an independent research group that replicate the findings of Eikeseth et al. (2002). As summarized in the journal abstract, "intensive behavioral treatment is considerably more efficacious than 'eclectic' intervention."

http://analisicomportamentale.com/media/Ekesetn%204%20to%207%20yr%20old%202002.pdfDemonstrates that a focused behavioral treatment program is far superior then an eclectic special education approach that uses a variety of treatments. (Children in both groups received the same number of hours of treatment by qualified personnel.)

http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/sites/autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/files/DTT_Overview_0.pdf Children in behavioral treatment scored significantly higher in IQ and adaptive behavior scores than the comparison group. Further, 29% (6 of 21) children were fully included in regular education without assistance and another 52% (11 of 21) were included with support. This compares to only 5% (1 of 21) children in the control group who were placed in regular education.

http://www.analisicomportamentale.com/media/eldevik%202006.pdf Children receiving an average of 12 hours a week of behavioral treatment for two years made larger gains then eclectic group in most areas.  However, gains were more modest than those reported in previous studies with children receiving more intensive behavioral treatment.

http://www.autismresearchgroup.org/Data/Sites/1/outcome-research-references.pdf   To help with your own research this is a partial yet extensive list of research for Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention including outcome studies, reviews, prevalence of ASD, cost effectiveness, recovery, loss of diagnosis, change of diagnosis, treatment intensity and predictors of response to treatment
Research Support for ABA-Based Intensive Early Intervention for Children with Autism

 

Autism Resource Guide - Information provided by I Love ABA
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CDC evaluated the tracking system that is used to estimate the prevalence of ASD.  Validation studies that evaluate tracking systems, such as the one, allowed CDC to make informed changes in order to provide the most complete prevalence estimates.  Important findings from the study include:

  • The CDC tracking system is likely not over-estimating the prevalence of ASD.
  • Most children found to have an ASD by a clinical examination were also detected by the tracking system.
  • The CDC tracking system missed 12 of 177 children who were examined and found to have an ASD.  This results shows they are likely not counting some children with ASD.

Source:  https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/research.html#

Early detection is important.  The earlier a child is diagnosed with autism the better their chances of overcoming the difficulties that come with the disorder.

IN 2002 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 150

IN 2004 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 125

IN 2006 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 110

IN 2008 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 88

IN 2010 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 68

IN 2012 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 68

IN 2014 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 59

Behind these numbers are REAL CHILDREN--REAL FAMILIES and it's important that each individual gets the help they need.   While Illinois does have a mandate some may know as the"Autism Law" in some cases it allows policies to opt out which leaves families with few options for their child to receive therapy especially during the most critical developmental period.   We ask that you contact your representatives in Congress because the need for services only begins with a diagnosis.    

CDC Link: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6302a1.htm?s_cid=ss6302a1_w