Increasing Early Childhood Screening & Timely Interventions

Early intervention How We Help

Research shows that early screening and timely intervention can improve a child’s overall development and future outcomes. We continue to work on closing the diagnosis gap, with a special focus on high need, underserved area populations by empowering parents, educating physicians and increasing access to interventions and supports.

Here are a few of our FY21 accomplishments:

  • Initiated a new bilingual public service campaign in collaboration with the Ad Council to help close the diagnosis gap, especially in minority populations. As a result, we increased the number of people accessing the M-CHAT autism screening questionnaire by 15 percent year over year.
  • Created Caregiver Quick Tips six-part video series based on Caregivers Skills Training to help parents and caregivers use play and everyday solutions to better support their autistic child’s development, viewed more than 4,000 times in first four months following launch.
  • Successfully advocated autism benefits coverage for an additional 3.4 million Americans, bringing the total number of covered individuals to 207 million or an estimated 65 percent of the U.S. population.
Spectrum Spotlight - Meet the Mullen Family
Callan and Brennan M. | 3 years old
Although receiving the news that their boys were on the spectrum was difficult to fully accept at first, the couple quickly took action to get their boys access to the services and supports they needed.
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Spectrum Spotlight: Meet Alivia and Sophia
Alivia, 13, and Sophia, 7
As parents we learned to celebrate the little achievements that others might overlook. We actively engage our daughters in programs and community events that are tailored for all abilities.
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Azeem K. Autism Speaks Spectrum Spotlights
Azeem K. | 7 years old
He still struggles with expressing himself with words, but Azeem’s big personality will never cease to shine.
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You can also reach the Autism Response Team by phone or email: 888-288-4762, en Espanol 888-772-7050, or help@autismspeaks.org.