"Your child has an autism spectrum disorder."
Yes, it's scary - but what exactly does it MEAN? Is it a life sentence or a challenge to overcome? What are the chances of a cure?
The answers, frustratingly, are always the same: "We really don't know."
While early intervention with intensive behavioral and/or developmental therapy is certainly a good thing, it doesn't guarantee any particular outcome. Higher functioning children do better overall - but not always. Alternative therapies such as special diets can be helpful sometimes, for some children - but not for all.
The good news, however, is that many children who are at one point diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder do improve to the point where they lose the diagnosis. And many, many adults with autism discover and develop impressive talents, abilities and skills.
Find out more about autism and outcomes:
- What is the Prognosis for a Child with Autism?
- Will Autism Treatments Cure My Child?
- Late Speech Can't Predict Prognosis
- What Is "Real" Autism?