Progress and challenges in early intervention of autism spectrum disorder in China

Bingrui Zhou, Xiu Xu


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder whose prevalence has increased rapidly in recent decades. Advances in the fields of intervention for ASD have contributed to a more optimistic outcome for children with ASD. Furthermore, the development of early detection, screening, and diagnosis has highlighted the importance of early intervention for young children with ASD. The present article reviews commonly used intervention approaches for children with ASD in China, including recently introduced approaches and originally developed Chinese models for early intervention, and then briefly summarizes the progress and challenges of intervention in combination with associated services and supports.