Early intervention is crucial when it comes to autism. What is considered early intervention?… It means that the child had started therapies for the deficits they have due to autism before their third birthday.
As we all know autism is a wide spectrum, therefore these deficits are vary from child to child, consequently we can not have a generalized treatment plan for all autistic children. These early intervention therapies are individualized as the child being evaluated, diagnosed, and determined what deficits they may have, and what services may benefit them. Most of these services can be performed in the child’s familiar environment usually at their home. Many children make strides through these programs. The intervention program usually provides the autistic child 25 – 40 hrs of treatment each week. This amount of time sound a bit too much for some, but the fact is the more intense the therapy is for these kids the better outcome can be resulted. Home-Based Early Intervention benefits are usually positive.
The article below gives me hope that in the future a child will be diagnosed faster, and perhaps these researcher may be able to shed light on what may have causing this developmental disorder.
THE DAILY UTAH CHRONICLE
By Josh Bennett
Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010 13:10
A recently published study brings U researchers closer to diagnosing autism with an MRI.
Jeff Anderson, a professor in the School of Medicine, led the study, which was published this month in the medical journal Cerebral Cortex.
The study’s most significant finding is that autism seems to be a disorder of brain connectivity, meaning some areas of the brain are insufficiently connected to others, Anderson said. In cases of autism, these connections are abnormal.
“Our study looked at the whole brain, rather than a few specific connections between one region in the brain and another,” Anderson said. “It’s a more comprehensive look at brain connectivity.”
“In autism patients, Anderson was able to use an MRI to see differences in this connectivity, compared to the MRIs of people who do not have autism,” said Kathy Wilets, public affairs manager for U Health Care.
The study examined 53 males with high-functioning autism and 39 typically developing males from late childhood through early adulthood, according to the abstract.
“We’re getting to the point where we can easily see differences in groups of subjects,” he said. “We’re trying to get to the point where we can diagnose individuals.”
Such research is important because there hasn’t been much conducted before. When it comes to the brain, many researchers are unaware of what is normal.
“Now we have a finding, with a group of other findings,” Anderson said. “It gives us an ultimate picture of the disease.”
This study brings more information than any previous study, but there are a number of other investigators that are beginning to find similar results, he said.
Through this study, U researchers are one step closer to what causes autism.
“Until you have a handful of something that you can measure what is going wrong with autism, you have nothing to measure backward to what causes the disease,” Anderson said.