Ten to 20 percent of autistic children “recover” as they get older, often after intensive behavior therapy, says Deborah Fein, a University of Connecticut psychology professor. The children were diagnosed correctly as autistic before the age of five, Fein says, and later were diagnosed correctly as not autistic. Her study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
. . . Leo, a boy in Washington, D.C., who once made no eye contact, who echoed words said to him and often spun around in circles — all classic autism symptoms. Now he is an articulate, social third-grader. His mother, Jayne Lytel, says his teachers call Leo a leader.
Interesting, if true.