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October 16, 2007

New Strategies for the Treatment of Autism

Gerald Mahoney
Today, nearly ten times more children are being diagnosed with autism compared to 20 years ago. Associated with this trend has been a proliferation of intervention programs. Recently, a research team at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences led by Gerald Mahoney, Ph.D., the Verna Houck Motto Professor for Families and Communities, examined the impact of a newly developed intervention—Responsive Teaching (RT)—on 20 autistic, two and a half year old children.

“After one year of weekly, one-hour intervention sessions with parents and children, we found that children made dramatic improvements in their rate of development," Professor Mahoney says.

Read more about Dr. Mahoney's research in an article from the Case publication Value of Research, or visit the website of his research center, The Center on Interventions for Children and Families or his faculty website.