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Study: Better Access to Early Intervention Helps Children At-Risk for Autism

A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics underscores the importance of early therapy intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Ample previous research shows the sooner children with autism are able to receive services – including behavior therapy (applied behavioral analysis/ ABA), speech therapy and occupational therapy – the better their overall outcomes. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all 18-and-24-month children be screened for autism because intensive early intervention has been found to improve:

  • IQ
  • Language Ability
  • Social Interaction
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FOCUS Has a Blog!

Welcome to the FOCUS blog! Our Fort Myers pediatric therapists are looking forward to sharing news, tips, research and inspiration.

We are approaching this as a way to connect with our families and the greater community. Feel free to share these blogs or contact us with questions, concerns or other feedback. If you have ideas for child  therapy blog topics, we want to hear those too!

Our goal here is to touch on issues that are of great importance to many of our families. Often, FOCUS sees children and parents who are facing the same kinds of struggles or have similar questions. They are usually curious about a lot of the same things and they also share many similar interests. We encourage you to explore our new site, browse the various blog topics and reach out to us if you want to follow up on any specific topic or issue.

FOCUS is a full-service child therapy clinic offering speech, occupational, physical and (coming soon!) behavior therapy/ applied behavioral analysis. We are privileged to serve children with a wide range of developmental delays and disabilities in Southwest Florida.