‘It’s not too late’: The quest to reverse autism at any age

| | November 15, 2018

[T]he average age of diagnosis for a child with autism is over four years. Because of late diagnoses, many of these children aren’t able to complete therapy during those early, well-documented time windows that are associated with optimal outcomes.

But a series of recent research gives me hope that it may not be too late for these children, or the adults with autism who we previously may have thought had missed their windows for early intervention.

A recent study from my lab shows that autism-related social deficits may be able to be corrected well into adulthood. These findings are in pre-clinical animal models only, yet they hold implications for the wide range of people with autism.

Results from my research and others show promise that modulating brain circuits may also be beneficial for autism behaviors, even when those treatments have been initiated during adulthood. With researchers delineating the precise circuits involved in specific autism behaviors, these findings raise the possibility that targeting specific neural circuits may provide benefit to autism behavior and complement genetic-based treatments.

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Further studies and clinical trials still need to be performed to validate these promising pre-clinical data, but they give us hope that when parents ask their child’s doctor whether it’s too late for treatment, the response will be—regardless of age: “No, it’s not too late.”

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  1. the reason it was called “early intervention”, was because it was in early childhood, not because there was an effective window, that closes.. even though it might seem like it, also, as an autistic person i am once again facing pathological language instead of the acknowlegement that the genetics simply make Autism a part of who i am, the only way to “reverse” it is to muck with the DNA “genetic based treatments” implies things like eugenics and “designer babies” in the current mindset. especially with over sixty genes being identified as related to the “condition” and several of them being linked to multiple neurological differences or “comorbid” diagnoses . The “neural circuits” involved with my unique brain, are in the sensory areas as well as tied to the “reward centers” the neurons in this areas are more numerous, as far as input, and are (as evidenced by depression) less likely to hold on to the “happy hits” and with the more numerous, and thusly, more active, sensory input areas, things get intense… and IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET A NEW SET OF EXPECTATIONS INTO THE HEAD, WHEN A PREVIOUS DYNAMIC WORKED, BUT IT’S NOT… REVERSING AUTISM

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