Autism is Treatable
Autism is treatable. Attitudes about autism, including its definition as a medical disorder, have evolved significantly since it was first identified. In the past, autism was considered a static condition that an individual was born with and would not recover from. Emerging science and continued research into effective treatments have shown that autism is actually a dynamic condition, the brain and bodily systems are ever-changing, and a great deal of positive changes can be made in neurobiological development, especially in early childhood. This is the message behind early intervention: treatments and education provided for young children prior to entering school at age four or five. Early intervention can mean educational services and medical services. It is critical that signs of autism be recognized early (link to Concerns About Development) so that if autism is diagnosed, early intervention can begin.