2. What research is available about AEIOU’s therapy service?
Everything we do at AEIOU is evidence-based. That means the various strategies that our curriculum draws from are informed by research, and our curriculum is proven to be effective and safe.
We have evaluated the outcomes of the therapy delivered at AEIOU, finding it leads to improvements in autism symptoms, along with increases in communication and daily living skills (Paynter, Scott, Beamish, Duhig, & Heussler, 2012). Other research has also found promising results in terms of increases in everyday life skills (Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales), particularly around communication, decreases in autism symptoms (Social Communication Questionnaire), and increases in cognitive skills (Vivanti, Paynter, Duncan, Fothergill, Dissanayake, & Rogers, 2014).
Further, we know young children with autism who receive the recommended early intervention have a much greater chance of developing social, communication and early learning skills and, later in life, developing meaningful and lasting friendships and relationships, living independently, and securing employment (Howlin, 1997).