One-year follow-up of the outcome of a randomized controlled trial of a home-based intervention programme for children with autism and developmental delay and their families
AL Rickards, JE Walstab, RA Wright-Rossi, J Simpson, DS Reddihough
CHILD CARE HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2009
INTRODUCTION: There is debate about the type and intensity of early childhood intervention that is most helpful for children with developmental problems. The aim of the study was to determine whether a home-based programme provided over 12 months resulted in sustained improvement in development and behaviour 12 months after the intervention ceased. The characteristics of the children and families who benefited most from the intervention were also studied. METHOD: Randomized controlled trial. Participants A total of 59 children, aged 3-5 years, attending two early childhood intervention centres in Melbourne, Australia. Intervention Half of the subjects received an additional home-based progra..View full abstract
This study was supported by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Jack Brockhoff Foundation. We appreciate the assistance provided by the Directors of the Centres, Janet Hutchinson and Michele Spreckley, and the staff of UBCDC and Westarc Early Intervention Centre. We acknowledge the helpful suggestions made by the editor and reviewers. The children, and their families who participated, made this study possible.