Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Clinic Notes: Preventing Autism in Babies
In a previous blog I cited studies suggesting that intensive ABA can prevent autism in high- risk children. (Preventing Autism Now: A Possible Next Step For Behavior Analysis, Philip W. Drash, Autism Early Intervention Center). Now Geraldine Dawson, a University of Washington Psychologist is running intensive ABA programs for children younger than two. Much of her 25-30 hour per week program focuses on social development in order to facilitate language development. Language development by age five is an important predictor of how high functioning a child with autism will be.