"Recovery" by the Numbers: How often do children lose an autism diagnosis?

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"Recovery" by the Numbers: How often do children lose an autism diagnosis?

Postby Winnie » Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:30 pm

"Recovery" by the Numbers: How often do children lose an autism diagnosis?

Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute

January 27, 2016

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An often-cited 2008 review of research studies found that from 3 to 25 percent of people eventually lose their autism diagnosis,1 a wide margin. Some of those studies involved relatively small groups of children (10 to 50, for example). What happens if you cast a wider net, and looked at larger, nationwide studies?

Two major U.S. studies have found that 4 to 13 percent of children lose their autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis, but that doesn't always mean a complete "recovery" from developmental problems.

A 2012 study, led by a government epidemiologist, found that 4 percent of children lost their diagnosis by age 8.2 For that study, researchers examined the records of almost 1,400 children who had been diagnosed with autism in four states – Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, and South Carolina – that are part of the U.S. Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. This is believed to be the first population-based study of factors associated with a lost autism diagnosis.

Replacing ASD Diagnosis with Another One

Sixty-one children lost their autism spectrum diagnosis by age 8. But almost all of them had at least one other diagnosis, such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), developmental delay, or language delay. Fifty of the 61 children were receiving special education help at school, which suggests ongoing academic challenges.

Full article: https://iancommunity.org/ssc/recovery-numbers-how-often-do-children-lose-autism-diagnosis
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