How Does Early Intervention Improve ASD Symptoms?
We have talked several times about the importance of early intervention in our blog posts. We advise parents to get their child diagnosed as early as possible, if they find themselves noticing core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in their child. This is to ensure that the child is getting the required treatment and therapy, without delay.
But why do we recommend this? Because science backs up early intervention too.
Here are a few important insights gleaned from studies conducted on this subject:
According to a study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, early intervention programs with special attention to social development, can help improve symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in children as young as 2.
Various studies have pointed out to the fact that the ‘wait and see’ method can result in missed opportunities for early intervention, and is, therefore, not recommended.
Getting a head start on intervention allows toddlers the time and space to access specific tools and skills, which will improve their social behavior, and create better outcomes for the future.
Children with autism spectrum disorders tend to isolate themselves, which leads to a lot of other symptoms and behaviors. With early intervention, especially with a focus on social development, there can be drastic change in how children interact with those around them. This will also prevent other undesirable behaviors and symptoms from building.
One of the earliest symptoms of autism spectrum disorder is a lack of social imitation. Socially-directed interventions allow children to become better at social imitation and sharing emotions through facial expressions and eye contact.
Early intervention, coupled with more research and better intervention methods, is expected to make a remarkable difference for toddlers with autism.
Every child with ASD has unique talents. It is advisable for parents to ensure that their child is diagnosed early and receives the right kind of help, so their child can truly tap into their potential. Early intervention has the potential to create positive outcomes that extend to their schooling, college education, as well as future employment prospects. It also gives them the opportunity to overcome developmental delays and possibly even eliminate symptoms at an early age.
The impact of early intervention can be life changing for your child. With appropriate treatment and therapy, your child will learn to:
Have meaningful interactions
Take care of themselves
Understand others and their point of view
Handle sensory overload
Handle new situations
Be better equipped for employment and the future, in general
At what age did you have your child diagnosed? Did it have an impact on how he/she responded to treatment? Our readers would love to hear about your experience. Please share your thoughts, suggestions, and opinions by commenting below.