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Comprehensive Treatment Models

Comprehensive treatment models (CTMs) consist of a set of practices organised around a conceptual framework and designed to achieve a broad learning or developmental impact on the core features of autism.

These programs are characterised by organisation (around a conceptual framework), operationalisation (procedures described in a manual), intensity (a substantial number of hours per week), longevity (occur across one or more years), and breadth of outcome focus (multiple outcomes such as communication, behavior, social competence targeted).

Well known CTMs include the UCLA YAP model (also known as the Lovaas model), the Early Start Denver Model, LEAP and TEACCH, although there many others.

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