Early Detection & Intervention for Young Children with Autism
By:Laura Charin, MEd, BCBA & Katie Wylie, LMSW, DS III
There is an abundance of research showing the importance of early detection and intervention for children with developmental disabilities. Long-term outcomes for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) improve substantially when children receive early intervention services during critical years of development. During the first few years of life, children rapidly develop skills in language, socialization and cognition, and the gap between neuro-typical children and those with ASD widens the later children are identified. In the state of New Mexico, there are significant waitlists for autism evaluations and intervention services, which lead to delays in service initiation. This talk will review evidence-based practices for early detection and intervention, as well as discuss available resources for families within the state.