Thursday, October 30, 2008

Nova Scotia's Behavioral Therapy Program Works ... For Those Autistic Children Who Receive It

The Chronicle Herald reports that a Nova Scotia government early intensive behavioral intervention program works .... for those autistic children fortunate enough to receive it. The program was evaluated by Isabel Smith, a researcher based at the IWK Health Centre. She evaluated 27 children who completed a year of treatment as part of the early intensive behavioural intervention program:

She found all of them had significantly improved communication skills. They also had better problem-solving skills and reduced behavioural problems.

Unfortunately, not all autistic children receive treatment in Nova Scotia which uses an immoral lottery system to determine which children receive treatment. The Nova Scotia government has no plans to expand the program to include all autistic children who require treatment.

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