Best Treatment of Autism is Early Diagnosis

The New York Times: “For years, autism was rarely noticed before the age of 2, its symptoms overlooked by busy parents or so subtle that pediatricians missed them. According to federal figures, only a third of the 6-year-olds who were receiving treatment for autism in 2002 had been identified by age 4.

But in the last two years much has changed. Propelled by an explosion of public awareness and growing evidence that early treatment with behavioral therapy can improve a child’s chances, scientists have set out to diagnose the disorder as early as possible, and slowly, more children with autism are being identified before they turn 2.”