How can early intervention affect brain structure?
Why do some children “recover” from autism while others continue to struggle after EI?
Dr. Eric Courchesne, keynote speaker at IMFAR, describes the underlying brain biology of autism and shares new findings showing differences in brain structure in people with autism. These changes originate in the second trimester of prenatal life when there is a tremendous overproduction of brain cells in individuals with autism that create patches of functional abnormality. Dr. Courchesne describes how early intervention alters brain connections and structure, and discusses the “recovery genetics” of autism, including new understanding about why some kids recover from autism while other children continue to struggle.