For Autistic Children, Early Intervention May Change Development Trajectory For Later Symptoms Of Disorder
[Souce: Medical News Today]
Early intervention for children with autism, as young as 6 months of age, may change the development trajectory for later symptoms of the disorder according to a research project being spearheaded by the MIND Institute at the University of California Davis Medical Center. A recent study published by Pediatrics recorded randomized trials of daily therapy through games and pretend play for children, which demonstrated an improvement in I.Q., language and social skills.
Symptoms of autism often include lack of eye contact, not smiling, minimal babbling and little interest in social interaction. Simple games like peek-a-boo, patty-cake and other interactive activities can help increase an autistic child’s development and may even prevent latent symptoms of autism from evolving. The New York Times quotes David Mandell, Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as saying “what you ultimately might be doing [through early intervention] is preventing a certain portion of autism from ever emerging.”
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