What is it about?

The study have compared two interventions for young children with autism. The Intensive Behaviour Treatment (IBT) Group was trained 15 hours/week and Imitation Responding Group (IR) 2-4 hours/week. All Children have been diagnosed with ASD before intervention started. All Children were younger than 4 years at start. This study gave them their first intervention. The Children showed similar gains in expressive language and imitation. Imitation Responding Group had advandages in play and IBT in responding language. Interventionist was habilitation staff. Supervision was given to preschool teachers and parents. Imitaiton responding was an easy intervention to start up with.

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Why is it important?

An easy implemented intervention could help parents and preschools when resourses are limited.


Writing this article was a great pleasure and gave me an opportunity to give my Thanks to all children, parents, preschool teachers and habilitation professionals involved in the study. I also want to thank the Heads of Västra Götaland, Health and Habilitation for Children and Youth in Gothenborg, who supported the study.

Ps Birgitta E Spjut Jansson
University of Gothenburg

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This page is a summary of: Comparing Imitation Responding and IBT for children with ASD , a preschool intervention, Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, August 2019, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/1471-3802.12468.
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