Early Intervention and Education for Autism Spectrum Disorder – Case Study Part I

A boy looking at a football

Tim is a 2-year, 5-month-old boy who is brought to your office by his parents for a follow-up visit. At his 18-month well-child visit, he was using three single words and would cry or scream when he wanted something.

Based on language delay, you referred him to his local Early Intervention (part C) program, which has been providing Tim with an hour each of individual and group speech-language services on a weekly basis.

A boy throwing a football with his hands up

At his 2-year well-child visit, his mother reported he appeared to be in “his own world.” He played repetitively on his own with his favorite toy train for most of the day. He didn’t seem interested in other children. She also reported some atypical behaviors. He walked back and forth in the family’s living room and stared at the ceiling fan for long periods.

A boy catching a football

Given Tim’s history of communication delays, social impairments, and atypical behaviors, you referred him to a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, who recently diagnosed him with ASD.

Today, Tim’s parents are feeling overwhelmed by his new diagnosis and want guidance from you on the components of his treatment program.

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