Thursday, May 29, 2008
Clinic Notes: Would it be Better to Know if Your Child Is Going to Have Autism?
Autism is usually not diagnosed until the second year of life when language begins to develop. There is some evidence that signs of autism are present much earlier and also that very early ABA intervention might even prevent the development of autism. So the hunt is on to develop a screening instrument for very young children. But some parents are up in arms. They are afraid that the idea that bad parenting will come back. I don't understand their concern. With any disease early detection is always better. So why not with autism?