For many students on the autism spectrum, interacting with others can prove to be difficult. Intervening at an early age and working with students to improve their communication skills often combats this difficulty, helping students integrate more easily with their peers and family. Early intervention, however, is not possible for all families, as oftentimes kids are not recognized or identified as being autistic until after childhood. Are these students automatically disadvantaged, having missed a time for intervention when significant growth could have occurred?
Not necessarily! A recent study done by researchers at UCLA shows that steps can be taken during the teenage years that will help students become better communicators and retain those skills in the long run, demonstrated by progress made by students enrolled in a summer social skills program. Read more at Disability Scoop or at this LA news page.