Who Benefits From Early Intervention for Autism?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Some children with an autism spectrum disorder respond better to early intervention therapies than others. Factors that seem to make a difference are:

· Age at diagnosis. One study showed that 70 percent of children given a diagnosis before 30 months improved more by age 9 than children who received a diagnosis after 30 months.

· Rapid progress once intervention begins.

· Language acquisition before age 5.

· A nonverbal IQ score above 70. Nonverbal intelligence includes the ability to reason, understand how things work and solve puzzles.

· Speaking spontaneous sentences by age 4 or 5.

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