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One-in-ten Autistic Kids Bloom Out Of Severe Symptoms

Apr 03, 2012 -- 8:06 am
Roughly one-in-ten children diagnosed with severe forms of autism will shed many symptoms of the developmental disability by the time they reach their eight birthday, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University.

Although many children with autism see their social and communication skills improve over time with therapy, the bloomers identified in the study typically started out with lots of communication and social problems, but made rapid gains during their elementary-school years.

There's a wide variety of children with different kinds of symptoms that fall within this (autism) umbrella, said the study's lead author, Christine Fountain, an autism researcher at Columbia University in New York.

We were interested in how these symptoms play out over time, she said in an interview with Reuters.

The findings follow the release of new data three days ago from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which found that one in 88 U.S. children now has an autism spectrum disorder, which also includes conditions such as Asperger's syndrome.
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