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The early signs of autism

There is growing evidence that early interventions may make a big difference for a young child who shows the early signs of autism. But how do you recognise those early signs?

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For example, we reported back in 2015 on a widely-discussed randomized clinical trial involving a group of children under the age of 30 months who had been diagnosed with ASD. The group was divided between some children who received intensive interventions and some who received 'community-intervention-as-usual'. The children who had received intensive interventions showed various improvements, such as reductions in their symptom severity and challenging behaviours. When revisited two years later, the children who had received the intensive interventions also showed that their core autism symptoms had improved in the time following the intensive treatment. It seemed that the treatment had set them on a more benign developmental path. You can read our earlier blog post here.

If early intervention is important, then how can parents recognise the early signs of autism? We've put together a list of some common early signs, which you can access here. It's important, though, to keep in mind that children develop at different rates and in different ways. No one 'sign' is an indicator that a child would definitely receive a diagnosis of ASD. However, the presence of several signs may be a cause for concern and it would be advisable to seek professional advice.

You, the parent, are the expert about your child. Any concerns that you have about your child should be taken seriously.


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