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How do experiences help children with autism?

The earlier the behavioral intervention the better, to improve social interaction and engagement and language skills.

Three research groups have shown that extensive behavioral therapies provided early in life can markedly improve ASD symptoms.1 Between 3% and 25% of children diagnosed with ASD and provided with behavioral intervention recover sufficiently to enter the normal range of social and cognitive abilities.2

  1. Dawson G (2008) Early behavioral intervention, brain plasticity, and the prevention of autism spectrum disorder. Dev Psychopathol 20:775-803. PMID: 18606031.
  2. Johnson MV, Ishida A, Ishida WN, Matsushita A, Tsuji M (2009) Plasticity and injury in the developing brain. Brain Dev. 31(1):1-10. PMID: 18490122.