Research has demonstrated that the most effective treatment to improve outcomes (i.e., adaptive behaviors, communication skills, and cognitive abilities) for children with ASD is through comprehensive and intensive early intervention programs (Maglione, Gans, Das, Timbie, & Kasari, 2012).
Early intervention services aim to bridge the gap between a child’s current functioning and that of their same age peers. FAC offers early intervention services for children up to the age of six.
Current research encourages parents to obtain at least 25 hours of intervention per week across multiple years for their child in order to see the greatest gains (Maglione et al., 2012).
Some children have been able to participate in regular education classrooms with little or no additional support following two or more years of early, intensive ABA services.