Clinical study of Early Start Denver Model intervention shows that it improves not only social skills, but also brain responses to social cues
(NEW YORK, N.Y., October 26, 2012) – The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a comprehensive behavioral early intervention program that is appropriate for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as young as 12 months, has been found to be effective in improving social skills and brain responses to social cues in a randomized controlled study published online today in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
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Therapists have long reported that programs that emphasize social engagement help children with autism gain skills in other areas. Researchers found evidence of such “cascading” benefits in a study presented today at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), in Toronto, Ontario.
Scientists created 3D images of major brain pathways in infants at high risk for developing autism. [Credit: UNC]
In their first year of life, babies who later develop autism tend to show unusual brain responses when watching a moving image of a face that looks toward or away from them. This new finding suggests that direct measures of brain activity in infants as young as six months may help predict the later development of autism.