Prognosis in autism: do specialist treatments affect long-term outcome?
- P. HowlinAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, St. George's Hospital Medical School Tooting
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Many different treatments have been claimed to have a dramatic impact on children with autism. This paper reviews what is known about the outcome in adult life and examines the limitations and advantages of a variety of intervention approaches. It concludes that there is little evidence of any “cure” for autism, but appropriately structured programmes for education and management in the early years can play a significant role in enhancing functioning in later life.
Key wordsAutism prognosis follow-up interventions
- Prognosis in autism: do specialist treatments affect long-term outcome?
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume 6, Issue 2 , pp 55-72
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- 1. Department of Psychology, St. George's Hospital Medical School Tooting, SW17 ORE, London, UK