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The Research Basis for Autism Intervention by Eric Schopler, Nurit Yirmiya, Cory Shulman, Lee M. Marcus

By Eric Schopler, Nurit Yirmiya, Cory Shulman, Lee M. Marcus

This quantity is the result of a cooperative medical workshop among researchers from Israel and North Carolina, entitled examine Frontiers in Autism: Genetics, habit and Intervention, held in Jerusalem, June 28-30, 1999. in this workshop, a gaggle of execs got here jointly to increase their figuring out of the occasional hole that looks among learn ends up in the research of autism and medical functions in its therapy. each one bankruptcy during this quantity features a dialogue of the direct and oblique implications of simple examine for intervention. With its specialise in state-of-the-art examine, this quantity might be of curiosity to researchers, clinicians, and fogeys of young children with autism.

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Under this kind of pressure any positive change in the child is likely to be attributed to the experimental technique, even though anecdotal observations do not usually answer questions such as specific treatment effect. From the parents’ perspective their own child’s improvement is of greater interest than accurate identification of causal connections. This often results in an anecdotal account expanded to a book, picked up by the media, and disseminated before any formal study has been completed.

Such uncertainties add to the stress of learning their child’s diagnosis. However, the roots of professional disagreements follow a fault line through the history of clinical psychology. In this chapter I trace the history of the uneasy relationship between science and pseudo-science. I review how the basic problem of intervention outcome has special relevance from the parents’ perspective, and also from the growing number of professionals who have recognized that children are best helped through good parent–professional collaboration (Schopler, 1997).

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