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Some kids with severe autism may "bloom" out of disorder
CBS News ^ | 04/02/2012 | Ryan Jaslow

Posted on 04/02/2012 1:17:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Although most children with autism keep that diagnosis through teenage years and beyond, a new study suggests some kids might just "bloom" out of the developmental disability.

The study found about one in ten children diagnosed with severe forms of autism may shed many symptoms of the disorder by the time they turn 8-years-old.

The study, published in the April 2 issue of Pediatrics, examined the behavioral development of nearly 7,000 children with autism who were born in California between 1992 and 2001. Researchers were looking to track each child's development when it came to communication and social and repetitive behaviors until they were 14 years old.

What did they find? Some children improved rapidly, especially when it came to communication and social development. But the researchers also found other children with autism developed much slower, and did not show significant improvement in these areas by the time they became teens. Most improvements in autism symptoms occurred before the child turned 6, and children's repetitive behavior trajectories appeared to remain stable across the board, the researchers said.

However one finding jumped out: Almost 10 percent of kids, who the researchers called "bloomers", improved especially quickly and moved from "severely affected" to "high functioning," by age 8, as if they bloomed out of the disorder.

"We were really pleased that there is this group, which is relatively small but significant, who are able to improve so quickly," study author Christine Fountain, a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University, told HealthDay. "It's going to provide a hopeful message for parents [of autistic children]. We need more research to find exactly what's going on to make these children bloom."

The researchers determined children with autism may display one of six different development patterns when it comes to their behavior. What makes children with autism develop in such different ways compared to one another? The researchers weren't certain, but said children on the highest trajectories tended to have more educated, wealthier white parents. Children whose parents had the lowest socioeconomic status were much less likely to bloom, compared with advantaged families.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: autism
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To: Choose Ye This Day

The person in the original study was the only one who had digestive issues. The others had no digestive issues. They were simply given the same medication. I was only suggesting.


21 posted on 04/03/2012 11:21:37 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
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To: muggs

I am new to FR. When I try to send or reply to FReepmail I get a message that the account is too new to use the feature. The name “Matthew” is familiar to me but I am not sure. Also, I am not sure about the “England” connection. If you give to me a link I can look at it to be sure. I’ll check with my stepson to see if he still has the link. This issue I related was about 10 years ago. The computer has crashed several times since then so that I no longer have the link. If the stepson has the link I’ll be more than happy to send it to you. It is my opinion that parents/grandparents of autistic children and all of the “umbrella” syndromes associated with it should share a camaraderie.


22 posted on 04/03/2012 12:21:52 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Welcome to Free Republic and thank you for replying. Below is the link

http://www.whale.to/vaccines/mmr17.html


23 posted on 04/03/2012 1:01:27 PM PDT by muggs (Hope and Change = Hoax and Chains)
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To: muggs

No, muggs. That is not the story to which I referred. The story I had read said that they treated the child with an anti-diarrhea medication. If I remember correctly, it was a non-prescription, over the counter, medication. They continued to give the medication even after the symptoms had disappeared and the autism never returned.

I am awaiting a reply from the stepson to see if he still has the link.


24 posted on 04/03/2012 1:20:19 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
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To: muggs

muggs,

The stepson no longer has that link. All he remembers about the story is that it had to do with a diet without gluten.

Both the stepson and his ex-wife seem to have given up on the situation while we, as grandparents, have not.

Sorry for the confusion and lack of information.


25 posted on 04/04/2012 12:45:50 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
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