Health News: Autism Early Intervention Found to Normalize Brain Activity

An intensive early intervention therapy effective for improving cognition and language skills among very young children with autism also normalizes their brain activity, decreases their autism symptoms, and improves their social skills, a nationwide study has found.

“We know that infant brains are quite malleable and previously demonstrated that this therapy capitalizes on the potential of learning that an infant brain has in order to limit autism’s deleterious effects,” said study author Sally Rogers, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and a researcher with the UC Davis MIND Institute.

“The findings on improved behavioral outcomes and the ability to normalize brain activity associated with social activities signify that there is tremendous potential for the brains of children with autism to develop and grow more normally,” Rogers said.