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Early Intervention for Children with Autism

The key to later success

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Parents no longer have to blaze new trails to find evidence-based autism therapies for their children. Innovative, empirically based therapies have produced phenomenal results, according to child neurologist Dr. Liya Beyderman, director of child neurology services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics in Voorhees, NJ, and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.

Things to know

Three things can empower parents to choose the right autism therapy or combinations of therapies for their child’s behavioral, developmental and educational objectives:

• Understanding the necessity of beginning therapy as soon as possible

• Considering the child’s temperament and behavior

• Learning about proven autism therapies

Early intervention is critical

Dr. Beyderman emphasizes starting intervention in the first five years of your child’s life, a critical period in brain development.

Anita Moore, whose 8-year-old son Tyler was diagnosed with autism at 30 months, agrees. She has seen marked improvement in Tyler’s communication and language, play, social, self-care and academic skills because she started intervention right away.

Investigate therapy choices

Moore consulted with her pediatrician and a child neurologist who specializes in autism treatment to help her prioritize her child’s needs and research programs.

Because autism treatment is intense and involves the whole family, Moore suggests that parents observe a program in action before choosing it for their child, talk to other parents whose children have used the therapy and make sure they have a full understanding of it.

See page 2 for therapy choices.

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