What does the future hold for autism?
There is no one answer that a healthcare professional can provide to every parent concerned about the outlook of autism. This is because there is no one type of autism that encompasses every diagnosis. Each child with autism is unique and the causes of the disorder tend to vary, which is why prognosis varies as well.
What is known is that within the last few decades, the percentage of children diagnosed with autism has gone down. What used to be 1 child in 1000 or 2000, is now down to 1 in 68 (according to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). These days, with proper diagnosis and early initiation of treatment, a majority of the symptoms of the disorder can be reduced. In addition, quality of life for those on the spectrum can potentially be improved.