Sunday, March 30, 2008
It is encouraging to see the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend early screening for autism in all children, given some may be later diagnosed with the disorder. The science is clear that access to early, intensive, behavioral intervention can lead to improved outcome. We share the AAP’s endorsement of screening evaluations prior to age 2 so that effective treatment can begin immediately. This will lead to greater utilization of science-based treatment, namely Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which has received strong empirical support. The warning in regards to special diets and alternative treatments described in the article is critical. It is essential for parents of children newly diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to be equipped with necessary treatment information. In our opinion, the sooner this can occur, the better.
The Association for Science in Autism Treatment
Jane M Barbin, PhD, BCBA
Chair, Public Relations Committee
Read More at http://www.aap.org/.../oct07autism.htm