Early Intervention Key in Treating Autism
One out of every 88 children born in the US has autism spectrum disorder. This condition creates deficits in social communication and impair everyday functioning. A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, suggests that by stimulating the brain through a play-based, developmental approach, infants’ brains with autism can develop more normally.
As reported by Phyllis Brown at Futurity, the Early Start Denver Model was developed by Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson, two leading researchers in the study of how autism affects the brain. It was used in the study to amazing results.
48 infants diagnosed with autism were used for the study, with about half receiving the ESDM treatment 20-hours per week over two years, while the rest of the infants received similar amounts of community-based interventions.
11 out of 15 children who received the ESDM treatment demonstrated normal brain activity, while only 5-percent of the infants receiving the community intervention showed typical brain activation.
The ESDM group also improved in social communication and gained the to initiate interactions, imitate others and make eye contact.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends autism screening for all infants 18-24 months old, which is also the vital time to get involved with treatment.