ERIC Number: EJ854142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
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Cost Comparison of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention and Special Education for Children with Autism
Chasson, Gregory S.; Harris, Gerald E.; Neely, Wendy J.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v16 n3 p401-413 Jun 2007
The financial implications of the increased prevalence of autism, though rarely discussed, will be extremely important to society. We compared the costs associated with 18 years of special education to the costs associated with the implementation of an average of 3 years of Discrete Trial Training as an Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) in an effort to minimize the need for special education. Our results indicate that the state of Texas would save $208,500 per child across eighteen years of education with EIBI. When applied to the conservative estimate of 10,000 children with autism in Texas, the State would save a total of $2.09 billion with EIBI. Implications for taxpayers, policymakers, and treatment are discussed.
Descriptors: Intervention, Autism, Costs, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Cost Effectiveness, Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems, Comparative Analysis, Expenditure per Student, Educational Finance, Program Effectiveness
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Identifiers - Location: Texas