A research study conducted by (Roberts J. et al., 2011) examined the treatment outcomes for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder who participated in centre-based programmes and home-based programmes. Treatment outcome measures focused on social and communication skill development in the children, quality of life and stress for parents. The results of the study indicate that as a group, participants mastered significantly more exemplars when receiving centre-based treatment instead of home-based treatment. The greatest improvement was observed in social & communication skill development. On average, children achieved 100% more learning per hour during centre-based vs. home-based treatment, based on exemplars mastered. Furthermore, parents of children in the centre-based programme reported the most gains in “perception of competence & quality of life.” Researchers concluded that, if possible, centre-based treatment was the preferred option for children with autism (Roberts et al., 2011).
The time spent learning in the centre-based environment alongside intensive therapy is known as the period of intense discrete coaching, targeted at removing the variability of the “outside world” and teaching socially significant and other life essential skills in a more intensive setting.
This approach is proven to be the most effective way to teach children with ASD, helping to remove the barriers caused by their condition. At First Bridge, we aim to gradually re-introduce our children back into an inclusive learning setting, once they have undergone a necessary course of intensive therapy and acquired skills required for continuing education in a less structured setting.
➜ Improve cognitive – social – communication – emotional – adaptive – and behavioural skills – increase independence across all living environments – and help children progress towards successful reintegration into more independent learning.
On the basis of the research available to date, greater gains are achieved by children within centre-based programmes. Therefore, we built a centre-based environment that provides a “home-away-from-home” feel with fewer distractions and variable factors that could negatively affect a child’s learning progress. It also facilitates a much more efficient and cooperative environment for our clinical staff. Our BCBA consultants are able to spend more direct time working directly with your child, have continuous daily oversight of each child’s progression and make necessary adjustments to treatment.
(Roberts et al., 2011) also concluded that parents involved in centre-based treatment scored significantly higher in the following areas:
Family interaction – Parenting skills – Emotional wellbeing – Physical wellbeing – Confidence – Coping skills – Knowledge – Understanding – Planning
Research/Study: “Roberts, J., Williams, K., Carter, M., Evans, D., Parmenter, T., Silove, N., Clark, T., Warren, A. (2011). A randomised controlled trial of two early intervention programs for young children with autism: Centre-based with parent program and home-based. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5, 1553-1566.”
“Dixon, D., Burns, C., Granpeesheh, D., Amarasinghe , R., Powell, A., Linstead, E. (2016). A Program Evaluation of Home and Center-Based Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Association for Behaviour Analysis International. doi 10.1007/s40617-026-0155-7