EDUCATION POLICIES ENDANGERING INCLUSION POLICY AND OUR CHILDREN.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT POLICIES REGARDING PROGRAMMES FOR CHILDREN WITH A DIAGNOSIS OF ASD ARE ENDANGERING OUR CHILDREN AND THE INCLUSION POLICY

In recent years there have been three reports of research carried out comparing the efficacy of Eclectic programmes and A.B.A. programmes for children diagnosed as having ASD.

  1. SVEIN EIKESETH et al published in Behavriour Modification VOL 26 No 1 January 2002
  2. JANE S HOWARD et al published in Research in Developmental Disabilities 26, 359-385 (2005)(University of California)
  3. ESTHER BEN-ITZCHAK et al, published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 1 (2007)

All three of these research programmes have reported similar results. The Israeli research reported

"The A.B.A. group showed significantly greater improvements than the E.D.(Eclectic Development) group at post-intervention time and Pre-post intervention differences in language and communication domains were significant only for the A.B.A. group. Both groups showed significant improvement in reciprocal social interaction domain. However, the effect size was greater for the A.B.A. group. _______ Behavioural intervention is more effective than eclectic approach in improving autism case symptoms in young children with autism."
The American research reported
At follow up the IBT (A.B.A.)group had higher mean standard scores in all skill domains. The differences were statistically significant except motor skills ...

____________Learning rates at follow up were also substantially higher for children in the I.B.T.(A.B.A.) group than for either of the other to groups. The findings are consistent with other research showing that I.B.T. (A.B.A.) is considerably more efficacious than "eclectic" interventions.

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