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Outgrowing Autism

06/03/2009

Question:

Is It Possible To Outgrow Autism or Asperger's?

Answer:

A large percentage of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) improve as they mature, with behaviors that caused difficulty when they were younger becoming less problematic. This is especially true in Asperger's cases, where these people have good cognitive abilities and learn to compensate for some of their patterns of behavior.

There are reports of some people "recovering" from autism, with their autistic symptoms improving to the point that they no longer meet the criteria for diagnosis of autism. This appears to be rare if it does occur. Some researchers are trying to look at this.

 

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Response by:

Daniel   Coury, MD Daniel Coury, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University