Communication Interventions

Bolick, T. Ph.d, (n.d). The Growing Need for Psychologists in the Intervention for Autism Spectrum/Pervasive Developmental Disorders. NH Psychological Association Newsletter

The doctor discusses some statistics about autism. She goes on to discuss interventions that focus on communication skills, social awareness, daily living skills, play and coping skills. She believes effective intervention is possible if everyone works together. This includes, teachers, parents/family, therapists, physicians, and psychologists.

Corsello, C.M Ph.d, (2005). Early Intervention in Autism. Infants & Young Children, 18, 74-85

In this article the author discusses that early intervention of children with autism is critical. She believes that more research needs to be done on the interventions that are already in use. This article compares the interventions, especially looking at the birth to age three group.

Kearney, C. (2012, November 7). Early Intervention for Autism Shows Major Brain Changes. website:

Children with ASD benefit greatly from early intervention. This article discusses Pivotal Response Treatment in children between the ages of two to five years old. Magnetic resonance imaging was taken of the children’s brains that were using this intervention therapy.

Smith, T., (1999). Outcome of Early Intervention for Children With Autism. Clinical Psychology:Science and Practice, 6, 33-49

This article discusses whether or not the gain in IQ points with the use of early intervention techniques is accurate. The writer suggests that findings need to be interpreted cautiously. This article is over ten years old, and it is interesting reading this in light of some of the newer data that has been gathered concerning autism interventions and therapies.

The Autism Education Network. (2013). Autism Interventions. website:

This article discusses some of the more prevalent types of interventions that are used with individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Walsh, N. (2009, November 30). Home-Based Early Intervention Benefits Autism Outcomes. website:

This article is about early intervention using the Early Start Denver Model. This model integrates applied behavior analysis with relationship-based approaches. After one year, it is claimed, that the children involved in this early intervention therapy increased their IQ by 15.4 points, as opposed to the control group which was only 4.4 points.

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