Why early detection matters


While you might feel upset to learn that your child has a high likelihood autism, this knowledge can empower you to help them reach their full potential.

Young children are constantly learning. Much of their learning comes from interaction with other people: their parents, caregivers, other children and even strangers. In response to this interaction, this child’s brain is being moulded. We call this brain plasticity.

In autism and related conditions, a child’s ability to learn from others is affected. But if the early signs of autism are recognised, then parents and caregivers can change the way they interact with the child. We call this early intervention.

Early intervention can be delivered:

  • In one-on-one sessions by health professionals such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists, or
  • By the parents/caregivers, after training from health professionals.

We know from our research that early detection:

  • Reduces parental and family stress
  • Allows parents to begin seeking services and professional support earlier
  • Equips parents to help their child before the child’s symptoms become unmanageable.

The power of early intervention:

Jaidyn was 18 months old when he came through OTARC’s early detection program. Watch this video showing the power of early intervention.

Jaidyn’s story

Watch how the early detection of Autism program at OTARC has had a profound effect on the life of Jaidyn and his family.