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[Comment] 6 year follow-up supports early autism intervention

There have been few large randomised controlled trials of early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder, even fewer with follow-up data, and none with such a lengthy follow-up period as that reported by Andrew Pickles and colleagues1 in The Lancet. These researchers assessed long-term outcomes for children who had received a parent-mediated intervention versus treatment as usual nearly 6 years earlier. That earlier study from 20102 was notable for its rigorous methodology.3