Parents & therapists say early diagnosis & therapy can make huge difference with autism

Parents & therapists say early diagnosis & therapy can make huge difference with autism
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 9:00am

Claudia Membreno's son David was diagnosed with autism when he was 2-years-old.

Now 5-years-old, David is on the right track.

"At two and a half he wasn't talking," said Membreno. "Now he talks a lot. So that's a really good thing."

David's words are a win in the battle against autism's primary characteristic: difficulty in communicating.

"He tells me what goes on in school, then before he couldn't tell me that," said Membreno. "So that's a really big step for David and myself knowing exactly what goes on in his class."

And David is in a regular pre-school class, after advancing from a class for autistic children.

His mom credits his success to therapy that started early.

"As soon as you find out your child has autism, look for the services because you will see a difference," said Membreno.

"The key is to get early intervention," said Lena Sankovich, a behavior analyst at Southwest Autism & Behavioral Solutions where David receives therapy. "The key is to get services early."

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