Young children with autism who received treatment through the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) showed larger gains in language abilities than children receiving community group intervention treatment methods. ESDM provides an intensive play- and routines-based intervention delivered in natural settings. However, no significant differences between the ESDM treatment and community group intervention methods were found for adaptive behavior, IQ, and reduction of autism symptoms. For these domains, both the ESDM and community group showed significant improvements. These findings were reported in “A Multisite Randomized Controlled Two-Phase Trial of the Early Start Denver Model Compared to Treatment as Usual . . .
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