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Do early therapies help very young children with or at high likelihood for autism?

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In an analysis of reviews published between 2009 and 2020 that assessed therapeutic or educational interventions for very young children with or at high likelihood for autism, researchers found that certain types of interventions—called naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions, developmental interventions, and behavioral interventions—can provide benefits, but there were significant limitations in the quality of the evidence and many differences in how studies were performed.

The analysis, which is published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, included seven reviews that summarized the results of 63 studies.

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