AutismPro system in supporting children with autism in Poland

Anna Waligórska , Ewa Pisula , Michał Waligórski , Maciej Letachowicz


Background: The efficacy of early intervention programs for children with autism has been emphasized in manystudies. However, access for people with autism to professional services in Poland is very limited and the burden ofsupporting a child’s development often falls on parents, especially in families with low socioeconomic status andfamilies living far away from big cities. Using Internet resources in planning and delivering individualized interventionmay be useful. This study examined the effects of a home program of intervention based on the AutismPro system withelements of consultative therapy. Methods: Ten families of children with a diagnosis of autism participated in the project; nine of them completed the6-month program of intervention. Parents were taught to use the AutismPro system and implement the interventiontechniques in a home setting. Modification of the intervention program to suit individual children’s needs and evaluationsof children’s progress were performed during consultation meetings with therapists. The pre- and post-treatmentmeasurement of child development was performed using the Psychoeducational Profile – Revised (PEP-R).Results: Children involved in the study progressed in total PEP-R scores and on the PEP-R subtest of fine motor, grossmotor, non-verbal and verbal cognitive skills and eye–hand integration. Parents expressed positive opinions on theprogram. Conclusions: The results suggest that an intervention which combines the use of the Internet support tool and professional consultations may provide benefits to the children with autism. There are, however, methodologicallimitations of the study to be taken into account when interpreting the results.
Author Anna Waligórska (Wydział Psychologii)
Anna Waligórska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Ewa Pisula
Ewa Pisula,,
, Michał Waligórski
Michał Waligórski,,
, Maciej Letachowicz
Maciej Letachowicz,,
Journal seriesPediatrics International, ISSN 1328-8067, (A 15 pkt)
Issue year2012
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ASJC Classification2735 Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 0.633; WoS Impact Factor: 2012 = 0.875 (2) - 2012=0.921 (5)
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