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Timing of Autism Diagnosis Tied to Choice of Treatment

Research and Autism News News By State Autism Treatment News

August 5, 2016- "Timing of Autism Diagnosis Tied to Choice of Treatment"- A new study suggests that families of children diagnosed with autism before age 4 are more likely to seek out behavioral therapy and less likely to treat their children with drugs than those diagnosed later on. The study observed 722 children between the ages of 6 and 11 with autism. On average, their parents discussed developmental concerns with a health care provider when the child was just over 2 years old, and the average age of diagnosis was more than 4 years of age. Children diagnosed before age 4 were more likely to receive behavioral therapy. Those diagnosed later were more likely to be treated with medications. Furthermore, the use of complementary and alternative therapies was nearly twice as likely when more than two years had elapsed between initial discussion and diagnosis.