“Although autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are generally considered lifelong disabilities” a team of U.S. and Canadian researchers studied 34 individuals who seemed to have recovered fully from diagnoses of autism, comparing them to 44 individuals diagnosed as high-functioning autistic and 34 individuals with “typical development”. They found no differences in ratings of autism symptoms between the recovered and typical individuals. Results were published yesterday in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Fein, D., Barton, M., et al; Optimal Outcome in Individuals with a History of Autism. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. February 2013 54(2) 195-205
Of further interest:
Some With Autism Diagnosis Can Overcome Symptoms, Study Finds (New York Times)