Academic Research: Early Intervention in Autism

This article, by Christina M. Corsello, PhD, reviews existing early intervention programs with an emphasis on those offered to children from birth to age 3. It finds that children who enter early intervention programs before age 3 tends to do better than children aged 4-5 year old. It also finds that while some interventions may do better at teaching some skills over others, there is no evidence that one intervention is better than another. Additionally, the author notes that though early interventions can help children improve social and communication skills and can address challenging behaviors, parents and professionals need to maintain consistent communication about expected improvement for their child. This author notes that most research does not support the idea of a recovery or cure for autism.

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Date posted: March 14, 2012. Content created by The Autism NOW Center. Last updated: November 13, 2012.

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