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I was curious if anybody knew how early intervention/early education differs (or if it does differ) for young children with autism versus Downs Syndrome. I know of various learning techniques for autistic individuals but am significantly less versed on techniques for kids with DS. Obviously the two disorders are vastly would the educational approach be different as well? Is ABA useful for DS?

I was also wondering whether kids with DS are capable of roughly the same cognitive gains as autistic kids or if there is a lower ceiling (in general) for one or the other? Or maybe it just varies so much with each individual that that question is impossible to answer...

I was also curious to autistic adults have normal life expectancies?

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Neither of these areas are my within my specialties. However, you might find to be a starting point.

See also Google search:

Diagnosis of Autism in Children With Down Syndrome
While the autism and Down syndrome treatment protocols overlap and have many
similar characteristics, the autism treatments are much more intense. ... - 32k - Cached - Similar pages

Kennedy Krieger Institute: Dual Diagnoses: the Importance of ...
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Autism FAQ - Treatment
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Autism: A Medical Primer - November 1, 2002 - American Family ...
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Thanks for those websites...they look really really good. ?I set the third site as a had lots of useful info. It looks like most of the difference between them may be the social aspect which is what I had observed as well. ?From what I just read it also looks like early intervention is more key for austism than it is for Downs Syndrome.
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