Friday, April 12, 2013

Chance of having more than 1 child with Autism

1 in 5: the chance that if you have a child with autism , there is a 1 in 5 chance that you will have another child on the spectrum.  If you already have a child with autism, it is recommended that you have your younger child assessed at an earlier age so that he/she can begin with early intervention.  It is shown that the earlier a child begins to receive therapies and behavior support, the more improvement noted.  Children with autism typically receive Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy and some will need Physical Therapy.  The sooner a child begins with these essential therapies, the more improvement will be noted.  Children with Autism may need a specialized teacher, or even a specialized classroom to promote learning.  Behavioral therapy is offered to children with Autism that need it.  While a child with Autism will benefit from these therapies, to see the most benefit, it is essential that the family be involved.  If you feel that your child demonstrates certain characteristics of Autism, speak to your physician and convey to him/her your concerns.  Remember, the earlier the necessary treatments begin, the more improvement you will notice.

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