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Yale study shows early intervention helps children with ASD

A recent small scale study has used a range of tools, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to show that early intervention can help children with autistic spectrum disorders. The Yale-based study involved two 5-year old children who received 4 months of Pivotal response treatment (PRT). Both children showed improvements in a range of behavioural measures, as well as increased activation in those brain areas that are associated with the response to social stimuli. For example, fMRI was used to measure differences in activation, pre- and post-treatment, of brain areas associated with the perception of biological movement, as opposed to the movement of objects. This initial study is being followed by a full-scale study that includes 60 children. Neural Mechanisms of Improvements in Social Motivation After Pivotal Response Treatment: Two Case Studies The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders DOI 10.1007/s10803-012-1683-9 Via Medscape (registration required)
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