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.