Several new studies in the advancement and early detection of autism have reported that autism and autistic tendencies may decrease with age. There are several reasons behind this theory and several studies that suggest the reason for the decrease is due to misdiagnosis or rather than an honest diagnosis and coping with autism itself. There are several studies in process that are looking at the possibility of a misdiagnosis of autism and what is leading to decrease with age.
There have been several hundred studies in the past few years regarding the age of the child with autism and the development of their autism over time. It has been found in several of these studies that the cognitive, speech and motor development of children that is very evident in younger ages works itself out over time. This suggests that it is not autism that is the problem but the scheduling that has been put out by different pediatric associations and medical associations. For example, there are several schedules for children that state by the age of five a child should be able to have certain motor functions, speech functions and other mental and developmental functions. If the child does not have these functions and show aspects of ADHD or other anxiety issues, then they are diagnosed with autism. This could be a massive misdiagnosis of simply a child not developing as quick as another child or as children on the average.
This suggests that it is not so much that an aging decrease occurs but that the child eventually catches up with the average. This has led to many medical professionals wanting to change the scheduling of when a child develops and what a child develops at certain ages.
Misdiagnosis As the Answer
One of the biggest answers for the reason that autism may decrease with age is due to a misdiagnosis. There are several community organizations, autistic organizations and other medical professionals who believe that misdiagnosis is what leads to the decrease and not autism moving out of the body. In fact, there is a huge school of thought that autism, ADHD, ADD and other issues are massive misdiagnosis that lead to over medication and when necessary medication and therapies. There is a movement in the scientific community and medical community to reevaluate what is being used as the reasoning for diagnosis of autism and if autism should have stricter guidelines for diagnosis in children. In fact, it has been found with these studies that children who are diagnosed with ADHD, behavioral disorders and autistic tendencies in fact were connected to sleep apnea issues and not the ADD or original diagnosis of autistic issues as first thought.
Overall these studies have shown that autism needs more research and we need to devote more scientific time to autistic studies and to determining what autism actually is rather than using autism as a label or blanket covering for various issues and development. There have been movements with in communities to have other diagnosis given or to allow time for the child to develop on their own without the use of medication or autistic therapies.