Autistic children correctly diagnosed with the condition could lose symptoms of the disorder as they get older. This is according to new research published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, which suggested some kids might possibly grow out of autism.
Supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), investigators from the University of Connecticut looked at 34 children diagnosed with autism at a young age who later believed themselves to be functioning no differently to others the same age. They compared these youngsters with 44 peers with high-functioning autism and 34 youngsters deemed to have developed in the typical manner.
Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health – which is a component of the NIH that deals with mental health disorder issues – explained that although autism diagnosis is not often lost over time, these findings point to numerous possible outcomes for children with the illness.
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