A new clinical study from the University of Connecticut has removed much of the doubt that recovery from autism is a real phenomenon.
Still, the University of Connecticut researchers say it remains a mystery why certain children recover and what treatments cured them.
The study authors caution that the recovery is not full.
The researchers conclude that the study confirms:
-- Losing the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis is "a possibility for a minority of children."
-- The best recovery is associated with better "cognitive functioning" -- attention and memory -- and somewhat milder initial symptoms.
-- "Residual difficulties with language, attention, executive or emotional functioning may persist."
The study abstract and text are online at http://bit.ly/Yl3Lve.