Can some with autism diagnosis overcome symptoms?
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in on study
- Duration 3:52
- Date Jan 17, 2013
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in on study
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The doctor is in now on a very small study now offering wife sons say could be some encouraging news about autism researchers say -- people with a disorder can overcome it you -- -- there he.
And maybe even early treatment the University of Connecticut study looked at only 34 people.
There were initially diagnosed with a higher functioning form Abbas -- them and researchers say later showed no signs of the disorder.
Many doctors caution about this study -- doctor doctor Marc Siegel says it's something more about awareness that we need to look at your proxies medically eighteen Ross a professor.
And medicine at the NYU and -- -- medical center -- we hear the word got to and we think about something it stays with someone for the rest of their life how can you.
Recover and recover fully from losses and.
We first have to -- -- -- -- autism is.
Autism is a developmental disorder it has to do with not being able to interact socially properly.
A problem with communication.
And often repetitive behaviors we don't always know what causes autism and this is spectrum it's called the Specter.
One out of 88 kids have this now in the United States is the number one growing developmental disorder in the country it's a big big problem.
So what I like about this study is for the first time this study looked at 32 people who actually had recovered over the years and it's long been thought by researchers Jenna.
That a small percentage can recover it's not percentage like what somewhere between one and 20% ethanol they want is that just a -- that's going to recover.
Big number that's a big line and and 20% that's where they put it that's a big rage but with of one of the pioneers of autism what -- those are felt.
That it with his therapy could actually be closer to forty to fifty -- -- -- therapy behavior.
So this is what you said at the outset in other words here's a question if you take.
Kids that are on the autistic spectrum and you give them a lot of behavioral therapy you reinforce them for learning to behave a certain way.
Do they get better that's the question what I find very exciting about this study is.
Did get better because they were tested in the study verses kids that were autistic.
The same age and they outperform them on every single test they got better now did they get better for biological reasons.
Did they get better cause there's some genetics that caused this move to get better that they get better because of -- therapy.
Or did they just mature that they grow out of it that's another possible.
You mention that CDC number one at eighty children in this country it's a huge jump over the last decade have been diagnosed doctors -- and when we see.
Use of these higher diagnosis there are questions about misdiagnosis.
And like how much of a race do you think there is four for children out there that are developing differently for being misdiagnosed.
For having autism.
-- I am very concerned about that and I'm glad you brought it up because I think even in this day and age.
It's a stigma.
To have a diagnosis like that you don't want it if you don't have it on the other hand I do believe that early intervention.
Really helps so it's a balancing act we want to get it right for early intervention and services that help.
I think this is a wake up call for that could you know what you might get better if you haven't and you get treatment.
Maybe later on we'll find out a genetic treatment that will help as well but you don't wanna -- ties kids and I'm always concerned about that so who's doing the diagnosis.
What background that they have you know how how how right are there.
Or are they considering that the child may need to mature I mean I'm what my own three kids I've seen different behaviors at different ages.
Overall big takeaways from the -- good because it heightens awareness about the possibility of recovery but still temper that with some good diagnosis and and good research to follow it.
Exactly and I think it may be even a wake up call for people to say you know what with treatment.
These kids can get better so let's make sure to diagnose it early and diagnose it right really interesting study -- hit a great to have you with -- Jennifer -- John.