Mar 05, 2013 -- 2:10 pmThe majority of youngsters with autism who have severe language delay do eventually learn to talk, researchers say.
Some 70 percent of children with the developmental disorder who were not making meaningful phrases by age 4 ultimately achieved some form of speech by age 8 — whether talking in phrases or fluently — according to findings reported Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
The study is based on a review of clinical data on 535 children with autism who had no significant speech by the time they turned 4.
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