Even for parents of children that are not on the spectrum, there is no such thing as a normal child.”- Quote by Violet Stevens, Mother of a child with Autism.
A stitch in time saves nine” goes the old English adage. In the case of Autism Spectrum Disorder, for early detection and intervention, this quotation certainly applies. Now that awareness is greater than ever before, Autism is more common than we think or acknowledge. In some form or the other, we are all bound to know at least one person who is on the spectrum.
The earliest warning signs of ASD are:
Why is early intervention important?
Young Amelia Cooper, 2 years and living with her folks in Oakland County, Michigan was diagnosed with the spectrum when she was about 18 months old. She is currently attending a special school for youngsters with ASD. Here she is undergoing support via the evidence-based ABA (Applied behavior analysis) therapy for the past few months. Much to her parent’s relief, there has been considerable progress in terms of her speech, listening as well as learning. Early intervention is the reason for this progress feels her parents. They feel it’s made a huge difference in the life of their daughter as well as their lives. We wish Young Amelia and her family the best of luck and love on her life journey ahead.
Therefore you can see the advantages of early detection and intervention is manifold. It’s in the best interest of the patient, the family, and the community if an early intervention takes place leading to ABA or other forms of therapy by trained and experienced professionals. The overall quality of life for the patients is improved with times and they are better equipped to take on life and its various challenges with equanimity & a big smile on their faces.