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Autism: The Importance of Early Intervention
Rebecca Landa, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Dr. Rebecca Landa

Current statistics predict one out of every 110 children is destined to develop autism. Autism is an incapacitating, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears within the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. Individuals with autism frequently exhibit developmental delays in physical, social and language skills, have abnormal responses to sensations, communicate unusually and have abnormal ways of relating to people, objects and events in the environment. The condition is four times more likely in boys than girls, and sometimes occurs in association with other disorders. Though the cause of autism is unknown and the condition cannot be "cured," structured educational programs geared to the child's level can help children with autism lead happy, productive lives.

Dr. Landa directs the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, which offers a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to serving children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The center combines educational, clinical, diagnostic, out-patient and outreach programs to create treatment that is tailored to the particular needs of individual children and their families.  Learn more about Dr. Landa

Additional Information:

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

Research and Education for Autism in Children (REACH)

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