Early intervention is key when it comes to diagnosing an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If a child is diagnosed within the first two years of his life, he can be helped more than a child diagnosed at the age of 8. That’s the stance don Mueller, executive director of the Marcus Autism Center, maintains, and it’s one that has been backed by research. “Research has shown intervention has the greatest impact if it begins before the age of 3, and experts estimate that a child with autism needs at least 25 hours per week of intensive work on behavioral issues.”
The center aims to serve kids with autism and has partnered up with the Georgia Department of early Care and Learning. Their goal is to train a group of employees who would help identify children with autism at day care centers and pre-K classrooms. This in turn would build resources for communities, and could lead to partnerships with other states’ programs. Employees undergoing training would work very closely with teachers to identify signs of ASD in a child, and to help create and modify lesson plans geared towards that individual child.
This training should lead to effective ASD identification in a classroom especially since a lot of people in the position of providing child-care don’t have much knowledge or education when it comes to working with children who have autism.