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Early Childhood Interventions 

Early Childhood Interventions
Early Childhood Interventions

Louise A. Kaczmarek

, Kylan Turner

, and Jennifer B. Alfieri

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date: 24 October 2020

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that if a child is showing signs of ASD, the pediatrician should refer the child to early intervention services so that intervention can commence on the basis of a delay even before a diagnosis of ASD is made. Early childhood interventions designed for children under 5 years of age, can have long-reaching effects on the quality of children’s lives and those of their families. This chapter will review the basic dimensions of early childhood interventions and provide an overview of two comprehensive intensive applied behavior analysis approaches (i.e., discrete trial training and applied verbal behavior) and three naturalistic approaches also grounded in applied behavior analysis. In addition, there is a summary of other intensive and naturalistic behavioral approaches.

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