Autism researchers focus on early diagnosis and therapy options

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PEORIA, Ill. — Autism researches are shifting away from finding a cure, and are focusing on detection and symptom alleviation, according to a report from NBC News.

An Easterseals behavior analyst says intervention before age six can benefit families and help longterm.

With a diagnosis, it’s easier to decide therapy options and the best way to treat symptoms.

“Just like anything else, the earlier you’re diagnosed with something the earlier you can start interventions and treatment. So for families in general, the sooner they know, the sooner they can get in the door and start working with professionals,” said Katlyn Linsley with Easterseals.

There are several organizations that can help parents and children, including Easterseals and the Caterpillar Autism Center.

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