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Moderator Tris
Oct 12, 2017

The importance of early intervention


Research shows early intervention makes a big difference to a child’s development leading to improved outcomes for children with autism, including higher intelligence (IQ), and increased social and daily living skills (Boyd et al., 2014; Magiati, Tay, & Howlin, 2012; Prior, Roberts, Roger, & Williams, 2011; Warren et al., 2011).


Young children with autism who receive the recommended early intervention have a much greater chance, later in life, of living independently, securing employment and developing meaningful and lasting friendships and relationships with long-term research showing benefits for children as they grow and develop (Howlin, 1997).


The earlier the intervention, the more opportunities and time available for the child to learn problem behaviours. Parents and therapists will also find it easier to teach the child appropriate behaviours and new skills at the time when the brain is most easily developed.


Early intervention is definitely an advantage and will increase the possibility of your child integrating into mainstream schools in future.

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  • susielee045
    Feb 12, 2018

    hi, what the purpose of early intervention? can my child go to mainstream primary school with early intervention or will he go to school like pathlight? my child is high functioning.
  • susielee045
    Feb 13, 2018

    hi, am wondering what early intervention programme covers for child with autism? what therapies are there inside?
  • Amy (Moderator)
    Jan 25, 2018

    Online assessments can only identify if your child has symptoms that are autism-related. For an accurate diagnosis, seek professional assistance here . Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised (M-CHAT-R™) Tests for Toddlers, Children, Adolescents and Adults by Autism Research Centre (University of Cambridge) Ritvo Autism and Asperger Diagnostic Scale-Revised for adults (adapted)