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AutismParents of Autistic children should read this! A study, published online in the journal Pediatrics and reported on in Science Daily, examined an intervention called the Early Start Denver Model that blends applied behavioral analysis with play-based routines that focused on building a relationship with the child.

You can read more about the study here but to give you a quick breakdown, it says using play at a very early age can improve an autistic child's performance in all measurable areas.

It confirms what we know about developmental learning ... it is far more important in helping children achieve school readiness than formalized and regimented learning. Here is an excerpt of the linked article that I think sums it all up quite neatly:

"At the conclusion of the study, the IQs of the children in the intervention group had improved by an average of approximately 18 points, compared to a little more than four points in the comparison group. The intervention group also had a nearly 18-point improvement in receptive language (listening and understanding) compared to approximately 10 points in the comparison group. Seven of the children in the intervention group had enough improvement in overall skills to warrant a change in diagnosis from autism to the milder condition known as pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. Only one child in the community-based intervention group had an improved diagnosis."

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