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I have to confess that until recently I had very little information about autism. However, this year my son shares a class with a boy with Asperger syndrome, which is a type of autism. This kid has a high intellectual capacity and yet, their social development lags behind that of their peers. Asperger's is a disorder within autism, although its characteristics are different.
The mother of this child is a fighter, she explained to each of the parents what their child's disorder consists of and asked us for help so that our children could understand why the child behaved in a certain way. She is always attentive, conciliatory, capable and strong. This mother has a hopeful future, since aspergians, compared to other forms of autism, will be more likely to become independent adults and lead an absolutely normal life.
However, a door of hope opens up to both autistic and family members of children with autism. And it is that, according to a study financed by the National Institute of Mental Health of the United StatesSome children who were diagnosed with autism in early childhood lost symptoms as they grew older. The study, led by Dr. Deborah Fein of the University of Connecticut, studied 34 children who, in their early years, had been diagnosed as autistic.
The resulting report from this study is the first in a series that will try to take a deeper look at the nature of change in these children, to find out why despite being diagnosed as autistic, now seem to be on par with their peers of the same age. The team continues to study and analyze data on changes in these children's brain function and whether they still have residual social deficits.
The study researchers have collected a wide variety of information about the children, including structural and functional brain imaging data, psychiatric outcomes, and information about the therapies children receive.
The director of the NIMH, Dr. Thomas R. Insel, explained that "all children with autism are capable of advancing in intensive care, although this intervention does not explain the results obtained. Our hope is that additional studies will help us better understand the mechanisms that have participated in this transition, in the that the disorder has disappeared, and that each child can have the best life possible. "
Research on this topic is ongoing, in any case, it is good news for parents of autistic children.
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