Griffin and Gwen, 6 years old; Griffin’s smile is contagious and his laugh can penetrate your soul. Gwen has a vibrant spirit which overtakes the room and the best hug in the world. Griffin and Gwen were diagnosed with ASD at age 2.5.
Early intervention helps to change the course of ASD.
Early diagnosis allows for early intervention, which significantly helps your child reach their full potential
Research is finding that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be diagnosed earlier than age 2. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends screening at all well baby visits and at 18, and 24 months and any other time when parents raise a concern about a possible developmental delay.
“Early diagnosis leads to life-changing interventions.”
Dr. Catherine Lord
Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB),
White Plains, NY
Today, strong evidence exists showing that the earlier intervention starts, the brighter the future for the child. In fact, children whose special needs are identified and addressed between birth and 36 months—a critical developmental time period—have a better chance to reach their full potential.
What’s more, early intervention services and programs can minimize and in some cases prevent delays in development of infants and toddlers with disabilities. They can also decrease the need for special education and related services when a child enters school, and increase independence.
According to the IDEA or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C, each state must provide all children from birth to three, including those with autism, appropriate and comprehensive early intervention services at no cost that meets their unique and individual needs. With a Parent Advocate by your side, you will learn how to confidently navigate this process and receive intervention for your child professionally and with self-assurance.
“… the younger the child is, the more malleable or plastic their brain is. And so that’s probably the underlying reason why we can have more effectiveness when the child is young.”
Dr. Amy M. Wetherby
Director, Autism Institute in the College of Medicine
and Laurel Schendel Professor of Communication Disorders,
Florida State University
Brain plasticity is maximal in the first few years of life making early intervention critical.
*Early intervention services can be administered by the state and/or private providers.