Autism - Prognosis

People with autism have a normal life expectancy, but there is no available cure. However, many of its symptoms can be relieved by treatment. At one time, autistic children were placed in institutions, from which they might never be released. Today, most autistic children can be treated at home, in special schools, and in other more comfortable and familiar settings. Some eventually come to understand the world better and to learn how to interact with other people. They can go on to lead nearly normal lives. Some may be able to handle a job. The best work settings for autistic people are those with structure in which the same task is repeated over and over again.

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