"Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder before the age of 4 are more likely to get effective treatment than those who are determined to have the disorder after that threshold, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University found.

Additionally, researchers found that longer delays between when parents first discuss concerns about their children with their health provider and when a diagnosis is reached were linked with a higher use of alternative and complementary medicine, which have not been shown to be as effective as behavioral therapy.

The findings come in a study published online this month in Psychiatric Services, an academic journal, led by Katharine Zuckerman, a professor of pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at OHSU."

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