Early Detection of Autism Is Crucial

by | Mar 2, 2023

Today, there is a growing interest in autism as 1 in 44 children are being diagnosed with it.  Autism is also becoming more popular in research and there are more internet searches for symptoms and therapies than ever before.  Publicly there is more awareness and a push for more acceptance of autism.

Even so, there are still a number of parents who are not recognizing it in their children or are in denial about their child having it.  Because autism spectrum disorder can be a lifelong disability, early diagnosis and intervention can help children and their families effectively manage the symptoms.  Early diagnosis is crucial in helping a child with autism live a more independent and fulfilled life in society.

Since it can be detected as early as 18 months of age, doctors look at the child’s developmental history, behaviors, and warning signs (see video for a list of these signs) to make a diagnosis.  High-risk groups such as children with parents and/or siblings diagnosed with autism, should be watched even more closely by physicians and parents alike.

While there’s no known cure, early intervention can help autistic children learn functional skills that lead to a better quality of life.

ABA Therapy and early intervention support services begin within the first years of a child’s life.  These can include:

  • Speech/language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Potty training
  • And other types of therapy, depending on your child’s diagnosis.

People with ASD who receive these therapies as children have better coping and learning outcomes.  Research has shown that early intervention can improve a child’s overall development. Children who receive ABA Therapy, an autism-appropriate education and support, at key developmental stages are more likely to attain essential social skills and react better in society.  Ultimately, early detection can provide an autistic child with the potential for a better life.

Parents of autistic children can learn how to help their child improve mentally, emotionally, and physically with assistance from specialists.  Recognizing it and working through it early also benefits parental relationships.  The strain of caring for an autistic child can be an everyday challenge, but with early intervention, parents can prepare themselves for the challenging road ahead emotionally and mentally.

Success On The Spectrum provides ABA Therapy for children ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years.  If you suspect your child has autism or you have received a diagnosis, contact us for an assessment and let’s see what we can do for you and your child.

We not only provide therapy for children; we provide training for parents as well, for a more well-rounded approach to helping your child succeed.

You can also click on the link below to learn more about autism:

What is autism? — Project Hope Foundation (