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REACH: Early Detection and Early Intervention
The following groups are being recruited for participation in the early detection study:
- Children ages two to five years old who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disability, as well as typically developing children of the same age, for a research study to find out more about what causes autism and other developmental disabilities.
- Families with a history of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and families with no family history of ASD for a research study that examines the development of social and communication skills of young infants to better understand the early signs of autism.
- Infants with a preterm birth and no family history of ASD are also invited to participate.
- Typically developing younger siblings aged three months to eight years with no family history of developmental disorders for a research study of cognitive, language and social development in children.
*All participants must have English as a first language.
"I believe that early intervention is the key to future learning for autism. My son has made great progress in many areas, including his social skills. He has developed a better communication system and has reduced most of his separation anxiety. We have been very pleased with his progress and hope to continue it." -- Father of a toddler with autism from the Early Achievements Intervention program
Research has shown the benefits of early intervention for children with developmental disabilities, especially autism. We know that the sooner young children begin intervention, the greater the potential benefit. By acting at just the right time, while a young child's brain is still developing, early intervention can produce significant changes in the child's development.
In our early intervention research program for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders, we are working to determine the most effective treatment approaches for improving speech, language, play and social skills. We combine direct instruction with weekly parent training sessions designed to empower families to become the most informed advocates for their children.
This research is being done to identify important goals for early intervention in the hopes of improving outcomes in toddlers with autism. Enrollment for this study has been completed. Now that we have empirical support for our classroom model, supporting the theory that toddlers show improvement in intervention, we hope that public services to these children will be increased.
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Interested in enrolling your child in early intervention?
Learn more about our Early Achievements Research & Training Classroom.