Is autism curable?
Version of Record online: 19 MAY 2014
© 2014 Mac Keith Press
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
Volume 56, Issue 10, pages 927–931, October 2014
How to Cite
Bölte, S. (2014), Is autism curable?. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 56: 927–931. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12495
- Issue online: 10 SEP 2014
- Version of Record online: 19 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 MAR 2014
- Swedish Research Council. Grant Number: 523–2009–7054
- cross-disciplinary research concerning children's and adolescent's mental health. Grant Number: 259–2012–24
- Innovative Medicines Initiative Joint Undertaking. Grant Number: 115300
- European Union's Seventh Framework Programme. Grant Number: FP7/2007 – 2013
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous neurodevelopmental disorder of multifactorial origin. Today, ASD is generally not curable, although it is treatable to a varying degree to prevent worse outcomes. Some reports indicate the possibility of major improvements or even recovery in ASD. However, these studies are based on scientific shortcomings, and the lack of a clear definition of ‘cure' in ASD further compromises interpretation of research findings. The development of animal models and decreasing costs of genome sequencing provide new options for treatment research and individualized medicine in ASD. This article briefly reviews several issues related to the question whether there is recovery from ASD, starting with a short overview of the presumed aetiologies.