Can children “grow out” of autism?
Autism may not be a life-long condition after all, according to a new study. Research published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found that some children with diagnosed autism actually grow out of their symptoms as they age.
The small study looked at the behavioral and cognitive development of 34 children who had been diagnosed with autism in early childhood and 34 children without autism. According to the findings, the 34 children with autism eventually became indistinguishable from the 34 other children without a diagnosis in both tests and reports from teachers and peers.
The findings could suggest that children really do grow out of their symptoms or that they develop ways to compensate for their difficulties. Regardless of the cause, more research is needed to confirm the findings.