With new research from the Centers for Disease Control showing that 1 in 88 children now are likely to develop some form of autism, experts in the field say the need for early diagnosis and treatment is more critical than ever before. Previously, the number of kids thought to develop autism was 1 in 110.
"I think the early identification treatment is the main point we have to get out of this," said Dr. Michael Morrier of the Emory Autism Center. "Get the (kids) identified, get them into treatment."
He says one approach taken by Emory is to put autistic children of a young age in the same classes with other children, who are not autistic. If that process is started at a young enough age, even as early as 15 months old, Morrier says autistic children can have a reasonable chance of growing up like typical children.
"If you can close that gap when they're two, then you have more time to work and remediate some of those subtler signs of autism," said Morrier.
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