Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for children with Global Developmental DelayA Pilot Study combining Traditional & Single Subject Research Methodology(SSRM)
Mitchell Schertz, Michael Ben Zvi, Ronit Roth
Child Development & Pediatric Neurology Service, Meuhedet – Northern Region, Haifa, Israel, email@example.com
Matara, Raanana, firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Development & Pediatric Neurology Service, Meuhedet – Central Region, Herzeliya Israel, email@example.com
Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI) was established as leading technology and service for children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with improvements in IQ score and daily function. Limited data exists on the value of EIBI children with Global Developmental Delay(GDD) without ASD
To examine if EIBI in children with GDD improves cognitive function(IQ)
Prospective Case series of 3 boys ages 16-29 months at time of onset of intervention with pre-intervention IQ (Mullen) <70 without ASD. All underwent EIBI for 20 hours-per-week for 6 months. Measurements included SSRM approach using within-subject multiple baseline design across behaviors including Receptive Language teaching(RLT), Matching to sample(MTS) and both pre/post IQ measures.
Subject A: 16 months old: RLT learning of 90 items over 1 month, MTS learned 80 items over 2 months reaching 100% success rate in both items. Standard Score improvement from 66 to 82
Subject B: 18 months old: RLT learning of 15 items over 1 month, MTS learned 10 items over 2 months reaching 100% success rate in both items. Standard Score improvement from 68 to 74
Subject C: 29 months old: RLT learning of 44 items over 4 month, MTS learned 20 items over 3 months reaching 100% success rate in both areas. Standard Score improvement from 50 to 67
Young children with GDD undergoing six months of 20 hours per week of EIBI intervention demonstrated clinically significant improvement in cognitive function. Consideration should be given to expanding studies to larger groups with controls.
Acknowledgement: This study was conducted at the Institute for Child Development – Herzeliya. Meuhedet provided support for this Study.