Young children at risk for developmental delays need as much intervention therapy as possible. For example, a toddler with ASD who receives Early Intervention can benefit greatly from daily ABA services.
The quote below is from a report published by the Autism Society of America. In this report, titled “Early Intervention Can Make a Difference: Utilizing Appropriate and Effective Approaches”, the Society strongly advocates for more therapy time:
“While the debate continues over how many hours of direct service is optimal for young children with ASD, the accepted range appears to be 20-40 hours per week. However, intensity of focus is as important as time intensity. Young children with ASD need to be exposed as soon as possible to frequent opportunities to practice and be reinforced for engaging in adaptive skills.”
“Comments such as, ‘He/she is too young for such intense therapy’ or ‘Let’s give him/her time to develop on his/her own’ should never be accepted, and intervention should never be postponed.”
We encourage you to read the full report here: Early Intervention Can Make a Difference – Autism Society of America