The Importance of Early Diagnosis in ASD
Did you know that it is unethical to delay an autism diagnosis (ASD) (Dillenburger, 2019)? There is more and more research emphasizing the importance of early diagnosis. This is because when early diagnosis occurs treatment is implemented immediately. Applied behavior analysis manipulates the environmental contingencies to produce meaningful and desirable outcomes in the lives of individuals. Early diagnosis is important because when we are younger our brains are more malleable, therefore, based on research, we can change the neural pathways in the brain. According to Peg Rosen a writer for early child development and women’s reproductive health, early diagnosis and treatment can be the difference in a child eventually being mainstreamed with their classmates or not at all. ASD affects many parts of development, the most common or obvious symptoms might be social, communication deficits, and repetitive behaviors. ASD should be diagnosed by at least one or more experienced professionals. Symptoms of ASD start out subtle and may become clearer over time if left untreated. If you have concerns it is important to see a specialist right away.