Monday, April 2, 2012

Study Sheds Light On Why Some With Autism Blossom

Most children with autism see improvements as they grow up, but new research suggests that a select group is experiencing more dramatic progress than others. In a study of nearly 7,000 California children with autism, researchers found that about 1 in 10 kids displayed rapid improvement over just a couple of childhood years. The so-called “bloomers” were able to transition from being severely affected by autism to high functioning, researchers at Columbia University reported online Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Significantly, those behind the study said children were more likely to bloom if they did not have intellectual disability and if their moms were more educated individuals from non-minority backgrounds.

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