When an Early Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder Resolves, What Remains?

Lisa Shulman, Erin D’Agostino, Samantha Lee, Maria Valicenti-McDermott, Rosa Seijo, Elizabeth Tulloch, Deborah Meringolo, Nancy Tarshis

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A chart review was performed of 38 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by 3 years of age at an inner-city developmental program who subsequently experienced resolution of ASD symptomatology and no longer met diagnostic criteria for ASD at follow-up an average of 4 years later. Demographic, developmental/cognitive data, Childhood Autism Rating Scale, and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule data as available were reviewed from the initial diagnostic evaluation and at the time of follow-up. Services received by the children between the time of diagnosis and follow-up, educational setting at the time of follow-up, and emotional/behavioral and learning diagnoses made by the multidisciplinary team at follow-up were reviewed. The findings indicate that residual emotional/behavioral and learning problems were present at follow-up in the vast majority of children in this group and that the majority continued to require educational support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)382-386
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of child neurology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019


  • autism recovery
  • optimal outcomes
  • residual effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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