Autistic Children Benefit from Early Therapy

kids painting, Bon Secours Hampton Roads, Mary Immaculate Family FocusChildren who have some form of autism have better success improving their social and communication skills the earlier they receive comprehensive therapy.

A new study from the University of Missouri found that children who received behavioral, speech and occupational therapy had better results than those who did not have comprehensive treatment. Moreover, those who received intensive treatment at a younger age showed the most improvement int their ability to socialize and communicate, according to a university news release. The study will be published in the issue of Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Autism, the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, affects one in 110 children, according to the nonprofit advocacy group Autism Speaks. Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism.

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