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Who Benefits From Early Intervention for Autism?

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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:

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· 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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