Show: September 4, 2011:
Group-Based Therapy for Autism
Interview: Rebecca Landa, PhD, Director, Center for Autism and Related Disorders and the REACH research program, Kennedy Krieger Institute
This segment originally aired December 12, 2010.
Recently, the Kennedy Krieger Institute released a study involving very young children diagnosed with autism.
Rebecca Landa, PhD, is a leading authority on early detection and intervention for autism. Her study of two-year-olds was the first of its kind funded by the National Institutes of Health.
In her research, she was looking for an alternative to the very expensive autism interventions that require many hours per week of one-on-one therapy.
Dr. Landa found that a classroom was a surprisingly successfully environment for teaching autistic children to interact in a group.
She told Sound Medicineís Dr. Kathy Miller about her group-treatment model.