Systematic Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Integration in Regular School Classes: A Naturalistic Study
Sotiris I. Kotsopoulos, MD, PhD, FRCPC1 ,
Katerina Karaivazoglou, MD, PhD (child psychiatrist)1,
Irene S. Florou, Msc (psychologist)1,
Maria I. Gyftogianni, MA (speech therapist)1,
Ermioni J. Papadaki, MA (social worker)1,
and Angelique Kotsopoulou, PhD (speech pathologist)1
Objective of the present study was the assessment of the effect of a systematic community intervention offered at
an early age to 32 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 2 to 5 year after completion of treatment while
attending public school classes. The intervention had been offered at a community Day Centre and lasted 3 years.
On assessment all children showed clinical improvement and significant results on Childhood Autism Rating Scale
(CARS) and Vineland Adaptive Scales and 13 scored below criteria for autism on Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale-2
(ADOS-2). Most performed adequately at school whilst 12 required academic assistance. No major disruptive
behavior difficulties were reported.
Keywords : autism spectrum disorders, early systematic intervention, integration in mainstream classes
Received March 3, 2021. Accepted for publication April 1, 2021.
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