ROAD TO "RECOVERY": WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOSE AN AUTISM DIAGNOSIS?
Nothing inspires more interest, debate, and even concern, than the idea that someone could "recover" from a brain-based condition like autism. The notion fuels an industry that offers treatments, both proven and dubious; triggers both hope and sadness; and fuels political and academic controversy. Is recovery real, and is it good?
Studies have estimated that from 3 percent to 25 percent of children with autism lose their diagnosis. Some have wondered: did those who recover really have autism at the outset? Did they lose their diagnosis but still have autistic symptoms, even subtle ones?