Early Intervention Can Reduce Autism Symptoms In Some


Low intensity intervention appears to reduce autism symptoms in children when diagnosed early.

A small pilot study that enrolled 7 children between ages 6 and 15 months found that by beginning low intensity intervention very early on, autism symptoms can be significantly reduced as they develop.

The study, led by Sally Rogers, PhD, of the University of California Davis, and colleagues, found that by 36 months the symptoms had lessened.

"Because this was not a randomized study, no conclusions about the efficacy of the experimental intervention can be drawn," wrote Rogers et al, reporting their findings online in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

"However, given the need for treatment approaches for this age group in response to infant autism screening and public awareness campaigns, and given the outcomes at age 3 of the treated infants in relation to four different comparison groups of infants all drawn from the same autism infant sibling study, the data from the study indicate that a controlled trial is a feasible and an important next step."

Source: MedPage Today

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