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An encouraging two-year study on very young kids with autism (toddlers as young as 18 months old) was just published in the journal Pediatrics. A new intensive therapy was used, after which the kids had substantial improvements in their I.Q. and listening skills. The good news is, you can get all the info you need to try the program yourself.
The program was developed by Sally J. Rogers, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, Davis, and by Geraldine Dawson a psychology professor who is the chief science officer for the advocacy group Autism Speaks.
If you're interested in learning more about the program and its techniques, get a copy of the book "Early Start Denver Model for Young Children With Autism: Promoting Language, Learning and Engagement."
You can also find all the material, the book, the curriculum, and the measurement tools here.
You can also learn more about the E.S.D. M. program, by reading Tara Parker-Pope's interview with Dr. Rogers here.
Does your child have autism? Are you interested in trying this method of intervention?