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Researchers See Recovery From Autism

Study Shows Some Children May 'Move off' the Autism Spectrum

Autism Recovery: Perspective continued...

An estimate of a 10% recovery rate for those with autism seems plausible, says Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston. In the past, estimates of recovery have ranged from 3% to 25%.  Among autism experts, she says, there is a growing consensus that recovery is possible.

"More and more people are beginning to think autism is not entirely 'hard-wired,'" Herbert tells WebMD.  Herbert was a co-author on one of Fein's previously published papers, but is not a co-author on the research presented in Chicago. She serves also as director of the treatment-guided research initiative with the Autism Society of America.

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