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New Evidence that Early Intervention Helps Kids with Autism - featured December 6, 2009

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[Source: US News and World Report], A new study suggests that if applied early, a specialized autism behavior treatment may significantly improve symptoms and raise IQ, the Associated Press reports. Researchers randomly assigned 24 autistic children between the ages of 18 months and 30 months to participate in a behavior therapy program called the "Early Start Denver Model." Children had 20 hours of therapist-led training each week that focused on helping them develop communication skills, according to the AP.

After two years, the children were compared to kids who received less comprehensive care. Children in the program had an average IQ increase of 18 points versus 7 points in the comparison group. Nearly 30 percent who had the specialized treatment were rediagnosed with milder autism, according to the AP, versus 5 percent in the other group. The results are published in the journal Pediatrics.

Read the Release by Autism Speaks on Medical News Today

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