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Is infant autism detection and intervention possible?

We first met Heather Bourdon back in the fall, when she told us about crowdfunding, and moving to a tiny apartment, to fund autism therapy for her son Jacob. Jacob's been getting treatment at the Portia Learning Centre, and improving. But now, Heather has some new concerns -- potential signs of autism in her infant daughter, Carmel, and she's begun some therapy as a result. 

 

We were pretty surprised to hear about such a young baby getting therapy. Children are more often diagnosed with autism as toddlers or preschoolers - often even later. But like Heather, some worried parents do go looking for help early. We spoke with one of these parents, and the clinical director and psychologist that helped her.

 

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