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Contest Entries

'Is it Autism?' American Baby

Entrants:

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel; Editors: Amy Gorin, Kate Kelly and Judith Nolte

Affiliation: American Baby

General Interest Magazines above 1 million circ.

Year: 2009

Provide a brief synopsis of the story or stories, including any significant findings.

The story outlines the first signs of autism, updates on treatment, and why early intervention is crucial. One in 150 U.S. children is diagnosed with autism by age 8; intensive early intervention by age 3 or 4 allows 15 to 20 percent of children to fall off the autism spectrum. "Is It Autism?" also addresses helpful therapies, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis, as well as the heavy financial burden of treating autism.

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