Early Detection & Intervention of ASD in Children

As mentioned in the previous post, there is a plethora of options for the management of symptoms of ASD, but there is yet to be a cure for the syndrome. The latest figure by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that about 1 in every 59 children is diagnosed with ASD. With the increasing prevalence of ASD in children, it is imperative that ASD is detected as early as possible, because the development of cognitive, coordinative, sensory and social skills is quickest in children aged 0 to 6 years old. 
Source: HelpGuide.org


Early detection of ASD can help a child lead a normal life in society, and since ASD can be seen as early as 18 months (1.5 years) of age, children should be observed throughout their development for any signs of ASD which may include:

  • Not making eye contact 
  • Repeating actions over and over, or repeating words that are said to them
  • Rarely responding to their name or to the sound of a familiar voice 
  • Not using gestures or noises to communicate / seek attention

Multiple researches have shown that early intervention can improve a child's overall development because they can receive appropriate education and support at key developmental stages, and therefore are more likely to gain essential social skills and function better in society. 

Parents of children with ASD can also benefit from early detection. They are an integral part of their children's lives and play a huge role in helping their children improve physically and mentally. Parents can also prepare themselves emotionally for the challenges that may be present when caring for a child with ASD. 


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