social interactions and communication. ASD affects about 1 in every 88 children.
Optimal outcome —a term used when symptoms are lost later in life — has been documented in previous ASD studies.
According to experts at the National Institutes of Health state that most children with autism will forever have the disorder. But a handful of studies in the past three years indicate that for reasons no one understands, a minority of children, like Diezel, shed the core symptoms necessary for an autism diagnosis.
Autism specialist Lisa Shulman, who runs a large clinical autism program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, says most of these children face residual learning or emotional problems. “We still consider these kids as having had a wonderful outcome,” she says. “But they don’t get off scot-free.” Only “the minority of the minority” breeze through each new challenge life brings them — the book reports in elementary school, the social minefields in middle school, the expectations for independence in later adolescence and adulthood.