By middle childhood, about 78.8% of children ages 5 to 11 years with autism gained proficiency or growth on least one measure in five developmental domains: communication, socialization, activities of daily living, internalizing behavior, and externalizing problems. About 23.6% gained proficiency or experienced growth in four or all five domains. The children who gained proficiency continued to meet diagnostic criteria for autism. The outcomes were detected in a cohort study with 272 children. Compared to their preschool scores, between 20% and 49% were proficient within at least one of the five developmental domains, while 13% to 35% of . . .
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