Autism symptoms may disappear by age 3 if treated in infancy

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kulkulkan
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Autism symptoms may disappear by age 3 if treated in infancy

Postby kulkulkan » Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:11 pm

This is interesting and why early diagnosis and intervention is so important. 6 out of 7 kids caught up to peers before age of 3 (intervention started at 7-15 months). Of course, some would argue these kids didn't have real autism to begin with and were just delayed, et al but nevertheless, earlier the better even if it is speech delay or whatever else.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/hea ... e20495181/

A new U.S. study has found that infants treated for symptoms of autism spectrum disorder showed no symptoms or signs of developmental delay by they time they reached age 3.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California Davis MIND Institute, reinforces the importance of early detection and intervention, and highlights the role parents can take in their child’s treatment.

In a pilot project using a therapy method, called Infant Start, the parents of seven symptomatic infants, aged 7 months to 15 months, were taught techniques to target their child’s individual language and social needs through their daily routines. Over 12 weekly clinic sessions, parents practised and received coaching on activities, like dressing, changing and playing, to boost the infants’ attention and engagement. For children who showed a lack of age-appropriate speech development, for instance, parents were shown how to use imitation and other strategies to increase their vocalizations and shape specific sounds.

The results, published online in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, were stark.

“Most of the children in the study, six out of seven, caught up in all of their learning skills and their language by the time they were 2 to 3,” Sally Rogers, the lead author of the study, said in a press release. She added: “Most children with ASD [autism spectrum disorder] are barely even getting diagnosed by then.”

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Re: Autism symptoms may disappear by age 3 if treated in inf

Postby María Luján » Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:50 pm

Hi kukulkan
Thank you for posting this
I do think that the follow up would be of paramount importance. Besides, the knowledge about the symptoms the children had would be also important. (such as symptoms of GI problems , sleep problems , nutritional and metabolic topics, and / or others such as dermatological or immune problems). What I see in this studies (in ESDM too) is that the biological health and status is not explored clinically considering the state of the knowledge.
Now, how do we know the confusion or contribution of biological problems to this outcome, biological problems that (perhaps) may be solved by development (for example for this subgroup?)

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Re: Autism symptoms may disappear by age 3 if treated in inf

Postby kulkulkan » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:23 pm

Agreed on the follow up. This study is really about changing trajectories regardless of whatever may have been the developmental delay and obviously earlier the better here. It doesn't address medical issues or test any biomarkers and there should be a longitudinal study researching that (like CHARGE study by same group).

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Re: Autism symptoms may disappear by age 3 if treated in inf

Postby Winnie » Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:32 pm

This one leaves me :?: for a number of reasons -- would really like to see the full text but didn't find it in a quick search. If it is public access, does anyone happen to have a link?
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kulkulkan
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Re: Autism symptoms may disappear by age 3 if treated in inf

Postby kulkulkan » Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:50 pm

Not open access. Can read abstract which doesn't say as much as this press release.

http://m.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/9182


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