Is it possible to overcome autism? Study analyzes possible cases

Research has shown that some children with mild autism have overcome this disorder.

Even so, they may still face problems with communication and behavior (learning difficulties, hyperactivity and anxiety are the most common).

What scientists still don’t know is why these children are managing to overcome Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

They believe that early therapy helped in the development of language and behavior.

For researchers, autism remains unresolved. But that study may influence other research, since, depending on the results, the most severe degrees of autism can be reversed.

Some doctors raise the hypothesis that some of these children never had the disorder and that they would have been diagnosed wrong.

The group that defends this point of view, argues that autism can resemble other conditions, especially if the child is too small for more exact conclusions.

The study included people who were diagnosed between 2003 and 2013, with a mild degree of the disorder. A few years later, 38 of them no longer met the criteria previously diagnosed.

In this research, 569 children, diagnosed before 3 years of age, were studied. The results were published in the Journal of Child Neurology.

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Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism is a disorder that causes language, behavior and socialization problems. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), 1 in 160 children has some degree of autism.

Autism has no cure and its infant diagnosis is complex, since it involves many specialists (psychologists, pediatricians and teachers). The causes of and what could prevent the disorder remain unknown.

There are 3 levels (level 1, level 2 and level 3) of the condition, the first being lighter, the second intermediate and the third most severe.

Parents may notice some symptoms (repetition of the same movement, preference for textures and food, lack of interaction) from 8 months of age. If in doubt, take the child to the doctor.

Autism has no cure but it has treatment that can alleviate the degree of the disorder. Watch for signs and with suspicion, take the child to the doctor.