Study Finds Parent Intervention Improves Toddlers’ Autism
A Florida State University study published Oct. 29, 2014, in Pediatrics shows that toddlers with autism demonstrated significant improvement in their developmental level, social communication and autism symptoms after intensive early social intervention by parents rather than clinicians.
Treatment consisted of teaching families to work with their children 20-25 hours a week during everyday activities such as playtime, meals, chores, caregiving and trips to playgrounds, restaurants and grocery stores. Children who received individual early social interaction improved at a faster rate than children who received group early social interaction. Learn more at pediatrics.app (search for “ESI”).
Katherine Kopp is a freelance writer and editor in Chapel Hill.