By Holly Lebowitz Rossi
April 06, 2012

As many as ten percent of children who are living with autism at age 3 have "bloomed" by age 8 to the point of being able to attend mainstream school, a new study has found.   Some symptoms remain throughout childhood and into young adulthood, but most of the debilitating behavioral and cognitive issues that are initially associated with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) virtually disappear in those children.

The study found that early interventions can take much of the credit for the improvement these children and their families experience.

Image: Girl holding puzzle pieces, via Shutterstock.

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