You are here

On World Autism Day: Ten Percent of Autistic Children May Outgrow It

Today, World Autism Day (April is Autism Awareness Month), couldn't be a better time to learn about a new study that concluded 10 percent of children with low-functioning forms of autism may someday outgrow it by adolescence.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, looked at 7,000 autistic children in California from the age of their diagnosis until they turned 14. Ten percent of the children who were, at their diagnosis, ranked with a low-functioning form of autism grew into a high-functioning level of autism. Sixty-three percent of the children studied also had no intellectual disabilities.

There's still a lot to learn about autism, though. According to the CDC, autism affects one in 88 children, so you probably know a child with autism. On World Autism Day, educate yourself with these resources: