Course and prognosis

In about 75 per cent of cases the deterioration reaches a plateau, in that there is no further loss of skills, but subsequent gains tend to be minimal. Thus the child who previously was normally socially related, speaking in full sentences, and toilet-trained becomes indifferent to social interaction, loses all expressive language and toilet skills, and remains mute and relatively low functioning. (12> In the remainder of cases there is more limited recovery, for example the child regains the capacity to speak but only in single words or only echoes language. Particularly if a progressive metabolic or neuropathological process is present, the developmental progression may continue until death ensues; such cases often have a later onset. (7D Life expectancy otherwise appears to be normal. In a very small number of cases significant recovery has been noted.

Funny Wiring Autism

Funny Wiring Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that manifests itself in early childhood and affects the functioning of the brain, primarily in the areas of social interaction and communication. Children with autism look like other children but do not play or behave like other children. They must struggle daily to cope and connect with the world around them.

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