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Study Suggests Autism Symptoms May Improve With Age

A new study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders suggests that those with autism will see some relief from symptoms as they grow into adulthood. For parents and children alike, this is welcome news. This could mean some improvement in areas of communication, socialization, ritualistic actions and motions, and even temper outbursts. Though many parents have found this to be true, this is the first time this has been documented through research and study.

According to professor and director of the UW-Madison Waisman Center in Wisconsin Marsha Mailick Seltzer, this long term study of over 400 autistic teenagers and adults was one of the largest and longest running studies of autism and how it changes as a person with the condition ages into adulthood. When the study began, the ages ranged from ten to 52 years of age. The study included autistic people from both Massachusetts and Wisconsin as a part of the study. Every 18 months, parents answered questions about symptoms. The research was looking for change in symptoms in either direction.

The basic symptoms that most parents are aware of are the ones that were studied. Areas such as communication and socialization problems improved with time. Even things like repetitive actions, motions, and speech improved. Behaviors that can be violent at times with autistic children were also included in the research. Overall, the study focused on 32 different symptoms that are common with autistic children and noted the changes by interviewing parents.

Those in the study showed improvement across all types of symptoms as reported by their parents. Although for some autistics their behaviors remained unchanged, the findings should give parents something to hang on to. Most people within the study showed improvement, and while some did remain the same, there were no significant findings of any cases getting dramatically worse as time went on.

An interesting segment of the study was about those with metal retardation as well as autism. Those two conditions don’t always go hand in hand, but some children do have both. In this particular study, 69% of the people included had both autism and mental retardation. Of the people in the study, this group was the one to make the least amount of improvement. This does not mean those with mental retardation and autism may not improve, but in this particular study, they did not do as well as those who were classified as autistic only.

The results of this five-year study are promising for those with autism, but as yet the reasons for the improvement are not known. The study is on going, and will focus on why some autistics improve and others don’t. This can be important information for parents for autistic children, and may lead to further understanding in the future. Due to grants from the National Institute of Child Heath and Human Development and the National Institute on Aging, the study continues.

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Study shows autism symptoms can improve into adulthood
http://www.news.wisc.edu/14167