A new study released showed autism reversal in babies is possible after using a treatment developed to reverse the symptoms of the disorder. Parents of a child suspected of developing autism can significantly reduce symptoms in babies who haven’t hit their first birthday yet. There are no drugs involved, the treatment consists of a behavioral plan for parents to use with their babies who have demonstrated signs of autism developing, according to “Fox and Friends” live on Tuesday Sept. 9.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Sept. 9 reports that this study, which comes out of the University of California at Davis, offers a possible plan of action for parents who suspect their babies are showing signs of autism. This goes for babies as young as six-months. There is a treatment that could reverse autism in babies and this treatment has shown promise during preliminary research.
This is something parents can do now, it is not a drug so there is no waiting for approval of this treatment from any government agencies. The treatment consists of a treatment plan which comes from the Early Start Denver Model.
The study was small and although autism symptoms are seen in babies under a year-old, they are not old enough to be diagnosed with the disorder. The researchers picked babies for this study who had these autism symptoms present and the findings at the end of this treatment plan were extremely promising.
The Huffington Post reports that the study consisted of seven babies between the ages of seven months and 15 months who had demonstrated significant symptoms that coincide with autism. These symptoms included low interest in interactions and abnormal repetitive behaviors.
This study also included four comparison groups that the researchers followed and used to compare their findings to at the end of the study. These groups were:
Group 1: Babies who did not show signs of autism but had siblings diagnosed with the disorder, putting them at a higher risk for having an autism spectrum disorder themselves.
Group 2: Babies at low risk of developing autism.
Group 3: Babies who had developed autism by age three.
Group 4: Babies with early symptoms who received treatment at a later age.
Before the treatment started, the babies who were in the treatment group showed significantly more symptoms of autism than of any of babies who were in the comparison groups. By 18 to 36 months the treatment group of babies had “substantially lower autism severity scores than the comparison groups, who did not undergo the treatment.
The goal was to see if these symptoms could be reversed through this intervention that was taught to the parents, who in turn provided this treatment to their babies. The treatment plan that is taught to the parents consists of ways to interact with your child including ways to engage the baby and keep the baby engaged for a period of time. The Huffington Post reports:
“By age 3, nearly all of the infants who participated in a 12-week, parent-led treatment and subsequent follow-up had no evidence of an autism spectrum disorder, nor did they appear to have developmental delays of any kind.”
One baby out of the seven continued to show high levels of delays throughout the study. Six of the seven babies showed a reversal in the autism symptoms and five of those babies were not diagnosed with autism by the age of three. One had a “mild diagnosis.”
The treatment is called “Early Denver Start Model” which teaches the parents techniques that will increase the babies’ attention to their parents’ faces and voices. The treatment also combined using toys to engage their children socially and using various ways in optimizing engagement with their babies.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for autism and developmental delays starting at the age of nine months. This should be done during routine visits to the pediatrician.
At age two, a diagnosis of autism made by a trusted professional can be considered reliable. Children can be diagnosed at the age of two by someone who is a professional in this field, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.