Autism: 'Changing the narrative to recognize growth'


  • A group of psychiatrists wants to focus on proficiency and growth rather than deficits when assessing progress in autistic children.
  • The research team measured five key domains: communication, socialization, activities of daily living, and emotional health (internalizing and externalizing).
  • By mid-childhood, approximately 80% of children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experienced growth or proficiency in at least one of the five domains, and 20% were “doing well” in four or more of the domains.
  • Higher household income and better family functioning were associated with doing well.

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