Sydney, Australia, September 21 (EFE) – An international study found that working with parents to support the social development of babies who show early signs of autism reduces the likelihood of being diagnosed with the disorder in childhood.
The study, which was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, reveals for the first time that a preventive intervention known as Video-Feedback Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting (iBASIS-VIPP) helps children stay below the threshold for a clinical autism diagnosis.The study, led by Andrew Whitehouse of the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Western Australia, found that children treated with iBASIS-VIPP were only one-third as likely as those who received conventional treatments to be diagnosed with autism at three years.
“Therapy uses video feedback to help parents understand and appreciate their baby’s unique abilities, and to use these strengths as the foundation for her future development,” Whitehouse said in a Telethon Kids Institute statement.According to Whitehouse, many autism therapies attempt to replace developmental differences with more “typical” behaviours, whereas iBASIS-VIPP works with each child’s unique differences to create a social environment that will help the minor learn in the most effective and appropriate way.According to the expert, the iBASIS-VIPP assisted in addressing aspects such as subsequent social ties and other aspects related to autism, such as sensory behaviours and repetitiveness, to the point where they were less likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for autism that “focused on the deficit.”
The four-year study, which was based on randomised clinical trials with babies aged nine to 14 months in Perth, Australia, resulted in an increase in parents’ sensitivity to the particularities of their children as well as aspects related to language. Whitehouse, on the other hand, stated that children who do not meet the diagnostic criteria for autism continue to have developmental difficulties. EFE
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