Autism programs focus on early intervention

Lily Lyons was reading books while still in her crib, but speech continues to mostly elude the 3 1/2-year-old Toledo girl.Although Lily didn’t speak a word before enrolling in Mercy Children’s Hospital’s intensive preschool for autistic children in April, she now talks some – and uses a specialized picture book to communicate with her family. Her twin brother, Luke, who also is autistic and attends the same preschool, has advanced from speaking a few words to talking in complete sentences.

Such progress helps show that intensive early intervention is critical for those with autism, a developmental disability that can affect communication and behavior in varying degrees.

Lily and Luke were diagnosed shortly after turning 2 and were enrolled in Mercy’s Clinic Home Intensive Program in hopes of improving their education.

via — The Blade ~ Toledo Ohio.

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