Aging Out of Autism

A new study suggests symptoms can fade with time

There's no shortage of therapies for autism, some of which work well, some not so well. But there is one simple treatment that hasn't been getting the attention it may deserve: time. According to a new study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, some children who receive behavioral interventions to treat autism might be able to age out of their symptoms, outgrowing them like last year's shoes.

The idea of maturing out of psychological ills is not new. All 10 personality disorders, for example--including schizoid, which shares features with schizophrenia--can lessen as people age. Some of this may be...

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