Children can recover from Autism?

By Elizabeth Temple - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – A new study from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders finds Autistic children can recover from the disorder after intensive therapy.

The study focused on 14 young children with most showing improvements in language development and functioning testing. Penny Seneca, mother of an Autistic child, takes issue with the word "recover."

"I think that they're probably using the wrong words. I think that you can change the behavior, but I don't know that they can actually cure autism," said Seneca.

Her daughter, Ana, has a high functioning form of Autism Spectrum Disorder called Asperger's Syndrome. Ana participates in language and social therapy at the Family & Youth's Autism Support Alliance.

Shantele Guidry, the Senior Coordinator at the Autism Support Alliance, disagrees with the study's findings that children can recover from autism.

"[Autism] is something you are born with and something you will probably have for the rest of your life," said Guidry.

Jonathan Tarbox, Director of Research and Development at CARD, defines recovery, as it relates to the study, as, "The child no longer has clinically significant impairment. They are able to function normally in a regular educational community, without any supports…the child no longer displays symptoms that meet the diagnostic criteria for nay autism spectrum disorder."

Tarbox says that six of the 14 participants recovered from the disorder after three years of intensive therapy.

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