Small Study Shows Promise for Parent-led Autism Intervention for Babies
Date: September 09, 2014
In a small pilot study, parents learned and delivered a treatment that significantly reduced autism symptoms in babies who had shown warning signs for the disorder.
The research appears in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Lead researcher Sally Rogers developed the new therapy - dubbed "Infant Start" - with the help of a research grant from Autism Speaks. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development funded the new pilot study.
“Ultimately, the goal of earlier detection of autism has to be effective early treatment,” says developmental pediatrician Paul Wang, Autism Speaks senior vice president and head of medical research. “As such, this new study represents an important effort to develop and test interventions for very young children. Moreover, because it was largely provided through parent training, it has the potential to be a cost-effective addition to professional therapy.” Dr. Wang was not directly involved in the research.