First ever effective treatment for autism announced

Autism can lead those with the condition to feel locked out of the world. A development disorder which can affect the way people both think and feel, it affects around one in every 100 children and young people.
But now a new treatment has been discovered which could provide hope for those who have autism and their families who want to help their loved one as best they can.
The new treatment focuses on giving parents the skills to hugely improve their awareness of response to their little one’s unusual communication patterns.
It is being hailed as a significant breakthrough by scientists who believe it could change the way those with autism are treated.
Autism can lead to difficulties in communicating and it usually has a big impact on a person’s development even into adulthood.
However, despite a huge body of work and research into autism, there has so far been no treatment which has been successful in improving the key symptoms of autism over a long-term period.
Now researchers say they have made a major breakthrough which will lead to long-term improvements for families.
The new research has involved a huge long-term follow-up study of autism treatment, and involved a randomised controlled trial by three research groups based in the UK.
Study findings are due to be published in the highly respected medical journal The Lancet.
Researchers discovered that by training parents to communicate better with their autistic child at a very young age, there could be big effects of lessening how severe their condition was.
The impact of such early intervention lasted for at least six years after the treatment ended.
Charities say this treatment is the first ever to show evidence of such a sustained input. They, and families caring for loved ones with autism, now hope this latest research will lead to improvements for the lives of thousands of children with autism.
The research was led by the University of Manchester, King’s College London and Newcastle University.
The research team discovered that autistic children whose parents received help to give specialist intervention to their children when they were aged between two and four had symptoms which were less severe six years later, including better social communication skills and a reduction in the repetitive behaviours associated with autism.