Navigation Links
Interest in Toys May Predict Success of Autism Home Therapy
Date:3/25/2011

FRIDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- The level of interest toddlers with early signs of autism show in toys may predict how well they will respond to a parent-guided treatment program, a new study suggests.

The study included 51 boys and 11 girls younger than age 2 who met the criteria for autism disorders. The children were randomly assigned to receive either standard treatment (the control group) or enrolled in the Hanen's More Than Words program, which is designed to promote communication, language development and social skills.

In the program, parents learn ways to help their toddlers communicate, such as encouraging eye contact and saying simple sentences from the child's perspective.

Overall, the communication skills of the children in the program showed no improvement compared to those in the control group.

However, the program did appear to benefit a subset of children. Among toddlers who played with fewer toys when they were assessed at the start of the study, those enrolled in the program showed more improvement than those in the control group. Specifically, they had more instances of making eye contact, pointing or reaching for items of interest, and showing or giving a toy to a researcher, according to the report.

This effect lasted for at least four months after the program ended, the researchers noted.

The study, funded by the Marino Autism Research Institute and the advocacy organization Autism Speaks, was published online March 22 in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

"This report adds to our emerging knowledge about which interventions work for which kids. It will help match children with the right intervention and not waste time enrolling them in treatments that are not well-suited for them," co-author Wendy Stone, director of the Autism Center at the University of Washington, said in a university news release.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about autism.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Washington, news release, March 22, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Interest in toys predicts effectiveness of autism treatment in toddlers
2. Female fish -- and humans? -- lose interest when their male loses a slugfest
3. Jell-O lab-on-a-chip devices to spark interest in science careers
4. New iPhone App “Wing Chun Masters” Brings 400-Year-Old Kung Fu To Life Amidst Renewed Popular Interest In Culture.
5. Press invitation, conference: Is medical ethics really in the best interest of the patient?
6. Interesting stories at the IMPAKT Breast Cancer Conference
7. Interest in Costa Rica Health Care is Nothing to Sneeze at
8. FDA to Broaden Disclosure on Advisers Conflicts of Interest
9. NursePractitionerBusinessOwner.com Announces No-Charge Teleseminar for Nurse Practitioners Interested in Starting Their Own Practice
10. Study shows strong interest in palliative care programs, services and integration vary across nation
11. buySAFE, Inc. Releases a Breakthrough White Paper that is a Must Read for Every Internet Retailer Interested in Increasing Website Conversion
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Interest in Toys May Predict Success of Autism Home Therapy
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The non-profit Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) ... the Science Symposium in partnership with the Global Organization for EPA and DHA ... a forum for global leaders in human nutrition to outline the latest consensus ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... Western North ... at a popular international aesthetics conference for medical professionals about the positive impact ... health and his growing practice. , Dr. George K. Ibrahim shared ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... 22, 2017 , ... Nurses at Apple Rehab Watch Hill , a ... training and certification in Closed Pulse Irrigation™ (CPI) for wound care. This ... the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to have a CPI machine that will ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... , ... August 22, 2017 , ... ... story of child abuse and neglect, and the struggles faced while hoping for ... the creation of published author, Judy Von Bernewitz, who spent 13 years working ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently gave a best-in-class 5-star rating ... , As the stress of modern life continually makes more demands on time and ... artificial stimulants can trap people in vicious high/low cycles and can also cause long ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/15/2017)... , Aug. 15, 2017  AOTI Inc. announced today that its ... Inc., has recently opened a New York City Office in ... of its unique Topical Wound Oxygen (TWO 2 ) homecare therapy. ... Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) under the company,s DMEPOS accreditation ... ...
(Date:8/11/2017)... -- DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a leading global digital ... today announced that it will release its second quarter ... conference call at 9:00am ET. The Company will discuss ... its strategy and outlook for the remainder of 2017. The ... , Chief Executive Officer, and Zvi Ben-David , ...
(Date:8/8/2017)... TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 8, 2017  BioLineRx Ltd. ... and immunology, today reports its financial results for the ... and achievements during the second quarter 2017 and to ... on multiple clinical development programs for the Company,s lead ... Phase 3 pivotal study with BL-8040 as novel stem ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: