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New Study Says Some Kids May Outgrow Autism

Autism 042412 04Jun12

Some children may actually grow out of autism says a new study from researchers at the University of Connecticut. For the study lead researcher Dr. Deborah Fein and her team studied 34 autistic children who went on to function similarly to non-autistic people later in life.

They examined reports from each child's teachers and parents as well as their results on cognitive and observational tests. The researchers then compared the results from these 34 children to 44 other children who were diagnosed with mild cases of Autism. They found that the 34 children who seemingly "outgrew" the condition had less recognizable traces of the condition.

"Although the diagnosis of autism is not usually lost over time, the findings suggest that there is a very wide range of possible outcomes. Subsequent reports from this study should tell us more about the nature of autism and the role of therapy and other factors in the long term outcome for these children," said Dr Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health of the findings.

The data appears this month in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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