Effects of 5 Years of Intensive Behavioral Intervention on the Development of a Child with Autism

ABSTRACT The purpose of this single case study is to describe and evaluate the application of an Intensive Behavioral Intervention model, carried out through the training of caregivers, with a child with severely compromised and non-speaking autism. The intervention occurred for 40 hours a week in a home and school environment, during five consecutive years. Standardized instruments were used to measure child development. Overall results indicated gains in child development and the feasibility of training of caregivers for this type of intervention.