Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: R | 2011/08/22

Q.

Autism

HI doc,
I often read of young children diagnosed with autism, the treatments, diets and special schools that can help. But I wonder what happens when they reach adulthood? Is autism a permanent condition? or do these children outgrow it eventually and live normal lives?
Many thanks, R

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Autism is usually a permanent condition. Many children will benefit from behavioural therapies and educational programmes that teach them appropriate ways to interact with other people. Many of these children will go on to lead productive 'normal' lives. Other children will need support throughout their lives. A doctor or psychologist can help parents understand their child's potential and help them plan for his or her future needs.

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