Research: Early intervention is effective in children with autism

11/30/2009 | CNN

Early diagnosis and therapy can improve language, behavior and IQ scores for children as young as 18 months old who have autism, a study shows. Researchers said children who participated in an intervention program called the Early Start Denver Model improved their listening, understanding and motor skills and had IQ scores that were 10 points higher than those who received other therapies. "Early intervention can be very effective for toddlers with autism," said Geraldine Dawson, the chief science officer of the advocacy group Autism Speaks and a lead author of the study.

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