Researchers Explore Why Some Kids Seem to Outgrow Autism

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Although rare, new research confirms that there are some children who just seem to “outgrow” autism and shed all remnants of the disorder.  Cases like these have long perplexed researchers.

What distinguishes them from people for whom autism is a lifelong condition? And what distinguishes them from those with typical early childhood development?

In a new study, Deborah Fein, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of Connecticut, and her team set out to answer these questions.  They recruited 34 children and young adults (ages 8 to 21) who had been diagnosed with autism early in life but now appear to be functioning normally.

Only participants who had been diagnosed by autism experts were included in the study in an attempt to avoid cases in which there had been a misdiagnosis.

by Traci Petersen, PsychCentral

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