Abstract - Brief Summary of the Study Findings

Background: Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that usually manifests during the first three years of life and typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. The purpose of this study is to investigate the efficacy of NeuroModulation Technique, a form of intention-based therapy, in improving functioning in children diagnosed with autism.

Methods: A total of 18 children who met the study criteria were selected to participate. All children completed baseline measures. The children in the experimental group (n = 9) received two sessions a week of NMT for six weeks. Then, children in the wait-list control group (n = 9) received two sessions a week of NMT for six weeks. Primary efficacy outcome measures included the Pervasive Developmental Disorder Behavioral Inventory Autism Composite Index, the Aberrant Behavior Checklist - Community Total Score and the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist Total Score.

Our hypotheses were that children in both groups would show significant improvement over their respective baseline scores following NMT treatment.

Results: Statistical analysis indicates a significant improvement in both the experimental and control group on all primary outcome measures. The wait-list control group demonstrated no significant improvement on test measures over baseline scores during the wait period. No adverse reactions were reported.

Conclusions: These findings suggest that NMT is a promising intervention for autism that has the potential to produce a significant reduction in maladaptive behaviors and a significant increase in adaptive behaviors within a relatively short period of time.