Why is an earlier diagnosis is better for ASD?
Diagnosing and starting early treatment can make a massive difference for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Noticing symptoms at the beginning stage can prevent harmful behaviors and habits.
ASD affects almost 1 in 50 children in some parts of the world. Even though there are arguments about what is causing the disorders, like genetic reasons, there is no identified causes. It is essential to diagnose the condition as early as possible to ensure your child receives the care and support needed for ASD.
Earlier diagnosis is better for ASD because it allows for early intervention, which offers significant improvements in cognition, language, and adaptive behavior. Evidence from multiple research pieces suggests that 'early diagnosis and intervention' improves daily living skills and social action. It is imperative in the long-term trajectories and quality of life for children with ASD. It also decreases parent stress and prepares them for upcoming challenges.
ABA Therapy and Occupational Therapy for Autism
Occupational therapists apply developmental and sensory approaches to autism treatment. Both occupational therapy and ABA can work together.
Occupational therapists contribute to the diagnostic process and support and educate families in various settings using their expertise to enable engagement in occupations such as play, self-care, education, and social activities.
Applied Behavior Analysis is the predominant approach to the intervention of ASD. The method analyzes habits and uses a scientific approach to regulate them.
Empower uses a collaborative approach that uses both occupational and ABA therapy to improve the child's success. Both therapists can communicate with each other to share the progress and modify the treatment plan based on the child's requirements.
Occupational therapy focuses more on the activities like playing, self-care, and studying the child. Applied Behavior Analysis therapy focuses more on the habits and reactions to the environment other external factors. So these two therapies go hand in hand.
Symptoms to identify ASD early ages
Checklist to identify symptoms of Autism based disorders at an early age
Early Detection - ASD Diagnosis
Early detection is the first step to intervention. Here are some of the symptoms to show your child may be at risk for an autism spectrum disorder.
- Not showing expressions like smiles after six months
- No back-and-forth interaction through sounds and facial expressions by nine months
- No babbling or initial form of communication in 12 months
- No back-and-forth gestures like pointing, waving, reaching out to objects and people by 12 months
- No words and speaking attempts by 16 months
- No meaningful sentences and two-word phrases or repeating by 24 months
- Loss of communication, speech, social skills at any age