Early diagnosis


3-year-old Arthur is making huge strides now, but from the beginning, his parents knew something just wasn't right.

"He spent the first three weeks of his life looking at everything really intensely and almost scared a little bit," recalled Renee Hogan.

At first, Renee and Matthew Hogan kept hitting dead ends when trying to find early treatments.

"The other place, they were making me feel like my child didn't have a chance - but now I feel like he is the bright kid that I know he is and he's going to do fine," said Renee. "He just needs some help."

Now Arthur is getting that help at PARC, a treatment center on the cutting edge of helping children and adults on the autism spectrum. From sensory rooms to highly trained therapists, even opening the doors of a school specifically for children with autism, PARC knew early intervention was key long before clinical studies showed proof.

"Everything from the nutrition to the therapies and the engagement, we have such evidence that what we do in that early intervention, that early touch of a child with a parents makes a difference," said PARC Director Karen Higgins?
A new study shows just that - the earlier parents start, the more likely symptoms of autism may be curtailed or even eliminated altogether. The Hogans hope their story helps put other parents and kids on the right track.

"That's the reason we wanted to do the interview - it took that one person to even tell us that this place even existed to get him in the right spot for him," Renee said.

The research is published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and suggests that if treatment begins as early as the first six months of life, it can vastly improve a child's outcome.

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