Kids With Autism Benefit From Early Intervention, Regardless of Method

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By Barbara Bronson Gray
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) — For parents of preschoolers with autism, finding a classroom program for their child may have just gotten a little easier.

A new study has found that it’s the quality of a teaching program — not the model of instruction — that seems to be most important to a student’s success.

That means parents shouldn’t fret when the local or available program is not a particular type, as long as it is considered good, said Samuel Odom, a co-author of the study and director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Autism spectrum disorder occurs in about one in 88 children in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with boys more likely to have the condition. Symptom severity can vary widely, but…

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