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Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Background: Goals of Treatment

The goals of treatment for ASDs focus on improving communication and social interactions or on restricting behaviors may help children develop greater functional skills and independence. In the 1980s, comprehensive treatment programs were developed that target behaviors and development more broadly instead of focusing on a specific behavior of interest. There has been suggestion that intensive therapy (25 to 30 hours/week) at an earlier age may lead to greater improvements.