A small new study suggests that the infants as young as 6 months old who revealed signs of autism, apt treatment provided by parents seemed to prevent developmental delays by age 3 in most of the toddlers.
The Davis MIND Institute researchers of the University of California found that 6 of the 7 infants in the study had caught up in language and other learning skills between the ages of 2 and 3 years. Usually before this age, most of the tots with autism are already diagnosed.
In fact the authors cautioned that the therapy program used in the study directed by parents during daily feeding, diapering and play routines needs to be investigated in larger, randomized tryouts. One of the authors Sally Roger said; you cannot either predict that this intrusion is prevented autism or changed the course. Sally said that we are really working on; “Could the infants’ developmental patterns be changed?”
She also explained that parents are quite aware of autism and the early signs for it. But, unfortunately we don’t have investigative tools or validated treatments for this age group. So parents and pediatricians are sort of in limbo on this, which is why we’re working so hard on it.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).The CDC states that ASDs are distinguished by deficits in typical behavior of the tot, communication and social skills, and are about five times more common among boys than girls.
Sally Rogers along with her colleagues researched the effects of “Infant Start” therapy on 7 infants who were between the age of 6 and 15 months at the start of the study. 4 of them had siblings facing autism, but all 7 were highly symptomatic for an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), revealing issues such as reduced eye contact, social engagement and intentional communication. All infants were otherwise healthy, with normal vision and hearing.
One-hour training sessions was organized for the parents for the period of 12 weeks. The researchers coached them to support their infants’ concentration to faces and voices, and helped them understand and perk up their babies’ interest in social interactions.
Wang, another researcher said that “The goal of early autism screening is early treatment, but sorry to say, we are in a state where we actually pushing early screening and now really need to invest in treatment research to show what the most effective treatments at that early age are. We need to come up to speed.”