Early detection is critical in helping a child with autism live a more normal life in society. Since autism can be seen as early as 18 months of age, children should be watched throughout their development for any warning signs of autism
What is early intervention?
Early intervention is a system of services that helps babies, toddlers, and preschool-age children with developmental delays or disabilities. The goal of early intervention services is to help the child make development gains in social engagement, independence, functional spontaneous communication, development of play skills, social competence, cognitive skill development, generalization of skill development, and proactive approaches to problems behaviors.
Why is early intervention important?
Research has shown that early intervention can improve a child’s overall development. Children who receive autism-appropriate education and support at key developmental stages are more likely to gain essential social skills and respond better in society. Early intervention increases a child with autism’s potential for a better life.