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Speech and Language

Researchers found that most young children with autism spectrum disorder and severe language delay developed "phrase or fluent" speech by age 8, with almost half achieving fluent speech. These findings suggest that a greater percentage of children with autism "may be capable of attaining phrase speech than previously reported."

The Early Start Denver Model is an autism therapy that made news with reports that it "normalized" some toddlers' brain activity. Parents have looked to autism interventions for cures since psychologist O. Ivar Lovaas reported, in a groundbreaking study in 1987, that recovery is possible. But the Denver Model study provided the first physical evidence – in the form of brain wave tests – that an autism intervention works.