Is It Possible to Recover from Autism?
By Khorshed Khisty
Posted October 12, 2014
Is there any research that suggests someone who has received timely, early intervention following a diagnosis at age 4, can have a life free of Autism? Or this too optimistic for being true or possible?
Answered: October 15, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
A life free of autism is definitely possible – and often with the advantages of being fine-looking, remarkably dexterous, sensitive, musically gifted, capable of mind-boggling feats of memory, numerosity, and calendar operations, or in other ways just plain smart. The Autism Research Institute has documented hundreds of children who have recovered from autism. The recovered children I have known include one boy, described in the book I co-authored with Jon Pangborn, PhD Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments, was diagnosed as incurable at age 4 by child development experts at a major university. His parents were counseled to institutionalize him when (in the 1990’s) such advice was highly unusual. After treatment with diet and antifungal medication he recovered and turned out to be an artistic genius and a chess champion.