(WXYZ) - A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health supports that some children who are diagnosed with autism can lose symptoms and the diagnosis as they grow older.
Researchers at the University of Connecticut compared 34 children who were diagnosed with autism at a young age that now reportedly showed no symptoms with 44 children with high-functioning autism and 34 typically developing peers. They were matched by age, sex and nonverbal. The 34 children were found to be at the same level with their mainstream peers, according to the study.
This study is the first report released in a series that will analyze the change in the participants' functionality.
"Although the diagnosis of autism is not usually lost over time, the findings suggest that there is a very wide range of possible outcomes," said NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D. "For an individual child, the outcome may be knowable only with time and after some years of intervention. 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."