October 25, 2016
Recent findings indicated a parent-mediated social communication intervention for children aged 2 to 4 years with autism had long-term effects on symptom severity.
“The natural history of [autism] is usually enduring and has serious effects on development; lifetime costs (including health, education, social care, family out-of-pocket expenses and productivity losses) are estimated to be between £1 million and £1.5 million in the U.K. and between $1.4 million and $2.4 million in the U.S. Effective early treatment that alters the long-term course of the disorder would therefore have great potential benefits for individuals, families, and society, but has been difficult to demonstrate,” Andrew Pickles, PhD, of Kings College London, and colleagues wrote. “Evidence shows that a range of psychosocial intervention approaches can have short-term effects on various developmental indicators that are thought to be important for later autism outcomes, such as parent-child joint engagement, social communication, child symbolic play, and social imitation.”