An Australian randomized clinical trial found that ‘pre-emptive’ therapy during infancy reduced #autism diagnostic behaviors and improved language ability across early childhood.
Early intervention can drastically reduce autism diagnosis in children, groundbreaking study finds.
Giving therapy to the parents of babies showing potential signs of autism has been shown to reduced the child’s chance of going on to have the condition diagnosed by around two-thirds.
What people are saying?
Dr Karen Bateson I just want to stand with all parents of autistic children who are hurt by this reporting. I think the study itself is interesting but the reporting is careless. All babies benefit in multiple ways from parental sensitivity.
Hannah Valerie I feel very wary about the intentions behind this study. Fewer autism diagnoses doesn’t mean fewer autistic children. Getting help with sensory issues & social skills *can* be valuable, but you can’t remove autism from children by teaching them to mask.