Many autistic children were able to progress after completing an intensive early intervention program. After the program, toddlers were able to further develop their language and social skills; some children were even able to advance on to regular preschool.
Due to the great progress that autistic toddlers were able to make after completing the program, “The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that children be screened as young as 18 months for autism spectrum disorders,” reports Amanda Gardner from U.S. News.
As a family member of someone who was diagnosed with autism at a very young age, I have witnessed the extreme difference that early intervention has made. My 6 year old cousin is now able to make eye contact, respond to his name, and say his ABC’s. Even though this may not sound like a lot, this is a huge improvement from where he was when he was first diagnosed.
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