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Autism Disappearing in Some Adults

A recent study shows that the telltale signs of autism are vanishing in some cases as children become adults. There are, certainly, a vast number of autistic adults and people whose symptoms do not change over time, but the small-scale study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has indicated that some people do outgrow such symptoms. Speech delay, facial recognition deficits and social interactions all seemed to disappear for a few of the 34 children studied. The study was conducted over several years among a group of children all diagnosed with autism at a very young age.


Findings suggest that initial social markers early on might be a sign of the later fading of autism. Perhaps the children who have overcome the overt symptoms have simply learned to function with the disorder. If social skills were more advanced than other children with autism, it is possible that the children read social cues and determined that it was necessary to become more socially adept. With the study promoting hope in the hearts of many parents with an autistic child, Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health reminds them that,