Navigation Links
Early, Intensive Therapy Better for Kids With Autism, Study Finds
Date:10/3/2011

MONDAY, Oct. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Children with an autism spectrum disorder appear to benefit from early, intensive therapy to improve their social and communication skills, according to a new study from the University of Missouri.

"It's important for children with autism to begin treatment as soon as possible," Micah Mazurek, assistant professor in the School of Health Professions and the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, said in a university news release. "The more intense or comprehensive the therapy, the better it is in terms of helping children improve social and communication skills."

People with an autism spectrum disorder have problems understanding, interacting and relating to others. For the study, researchers measured 15 social-communication skills of more than 1,000 autistic children and teenagers, including facial expressions, gestures, language comprehension, sharing enjoyment and appropriate social responses.

Although 95 percent of the kids showed improvement in these skills over time, the study found that those who received behavioral, speech and occupational therapy had better results.

Moreover, the children who received more intensive treatment at a younger age showed the most improvement in their social-communication abilities, the researchers said. Those with higher nonverbal IQs had the best response to therapy, they found.

"With regard to social-communicative symptom severity, our study reveals that it is not IQ alone that contributes to improvements over time," said Mazurek. "Instead, having a higher IQ may allow children to make greater gains in various types of treatments." The results also indicate a need to develop alternative treatment approaches for children with intellectual impairments, Mazurek added.

The study, recently released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, concluded that targeted, intensive treatments may be most successful in improving specific skills among autistic children.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on autism.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: University of Missouri, news release, Sept. 28, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. States should be allowed to implement key health reform law provisions early, experts say
2. Kids Learn to Work Together Early, Study Finds
3. Childhood Last Name Predicts Whether You Buy Early, Late: Study
4. Infants gaze may be an early, but subtle, marker for autism risk
5. Biomarkers Could Spot Alzheimers Disease Early, Studies Suggest
6. Childhood obesity interventions must begin early, UCSF experts say
7. Childhood Obesity Interventions Must Begin Early, UCSF Experts Say
8. Stroke prevention trial finds intensive medical treatment has better results than brain stenting
9. Caution Urged in Intensive Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
10. Intensive care nurses have doubts about method for establishing brain death
11. Intensive, hands-on effort reduces bloodstream infections in critically ill patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Early, Intensive Therapy Better for Kids With Autism, Study Finds
(Date:2/13/2016)... Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) , ... February 13, 2016 , ... ... best foot forward. They’ll groom themselves to perfection, go out of their way to ... their date – just take a look at any online dating profile. , ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... DC (PRWEB) , ... February ... ... Siemens Foundation today announced a new initiative—the Siemens Foundation-PATH Ingenuity Fellowships—to develop ... The partnership will recruit top students from U.S. universities who will draw ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... As a former ... schedule, a demanding job, and no time to decompress, Rabinowitz found herself drawn to ... to meditation for its impact on her life, implementing a 20-minute-per-day meditation practice with ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Every winter, someone is killed, ... the West Penn Burn Center, part of the Allegheny Health Network, has ... bring you the “Space Heaters Need Space” campaign. , “Space Heaters Need ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Erlanger Agency has announced a new partnership in ... latest campaign focuses on the fight against breast cancer, fundraising for a local woman ... here . , Carmen is a loving single mother of two boys who also ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... 11, 2016 Stem cells are primitive cells ... self-renewal and the capacity to differentiate into mature cell ... as the first mouse embryonic stem cells were derived ... 1995 that the first culturing of embryonic stem cells ... not produced until 2006 As a result of these ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 2016  Walgreens has committed to provide drug disposal ... Washington, D.C. as part of a program ... by shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow. Conrad ... people hold on to unneeded drugs because they lack easily ... --> Conrad MacKerron , Senior Vice President ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Feb. 11, 2016  NOIT™ Research LLC, a private, ... of Change" campaign to assist needy families in obtaining ... unit sold between February 10, 2016 and March 31, ... needy family. The NOIT is an auditory stimulus that ... develop language skills. Beth Shier , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: