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Autism Prognosis
It is impossible to make an overview of how any individual child will grow up and develop. All children continue to grow,
regardless of delays or the existence of unusual behaviors. The prognosis for children with autism is surprisingly alarming and
consistent across a broad range of studies about 2% will attain normal functioning, with perhaps 30% labeled "high-functioning
autistic." These high-functioning autistics generally show some oddity in behavior, have a tough time relating to others, and have
few or no personal friends.  While the majority of individuals with autism live an unconventional and confused life, dependent on
the care of others to survive. The outcome for these individuals depends on the severity of their disability and the level of therapy
they receive.

People with autism have normal life expectancies. Autism symptoms vary from mild to severe. Individuals with autism can live
very active lifestyles. They are very capable of performing physically. Also, an active lifestyle is more likely to help with weight
control, stamina, strength, cardiovascular endurance, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

This life- long disorder will have an effect on the individual's life. Early intervention that includes behavioral modification and
speech therapy may also change the outcome positively.  A child diagnosed with autism will receive beneficial intervention
beginning at an earlier age than was possible many years ago. This means each child's chances for improving behavior are
greater today than in the past.

With proper therapy sessions, individuals with autism can improve their ways of communication and social interaction to live
productive independent lifestyles in society. Autistic children with IQ scores of 70 and above can live and work more practical
independent lives. (Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology)
Progress and Treatments

For many children, autism symptoms such as compulsive behavior, challenging behaviors appear to improve with treatment and
with age. Some individuals with autism eventually lead normal or near-normal lives.  It is important to find effective services,
treatments and education for children with autism as soon as possible. The earlier these children receive appropriate treatment,
the better their prognosis.

Intervention must address both communication and behaviors and it must be structured, intensive, and individualized. This is
especially important in children who have good cognitive abilities. Appropriate early intervention may allow some children with
autism to enter the educational mainstream, or at least require a less restrictive educational placement. It is extremely important
to provide structure in everyday life, making strict guidelines and being consistent.

There is currently no cure for autism, but appropriate treatment may promote fairly typical development and reduce abnormal
behaviors. Since there is no cure for autism, proper treatments such as therapy must be taken to help these individuals manage
their difficulties.  During adolescence, some children with autism may become depressed or experience behavioral problems.
Parents of these children should be ready to adjust treatment for their child as needed.

Since the individual with autism is often judged by others in negative ways, parents may need to be protective and become
advocates. Quality of life for a person with autism depends on being involved with other people and being included in activities
with others. It appears that advocates, friends, and family who include, interpret, and assist the individual with autism is vital to
their success.
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