Is a label of autism lifelong?

The conclusion of the National Institutes of Health study of 112 children properly diagnosed as autistic suggests some children might perhaps outgrow autism.  This study, by Dr Deborah Fein and her team at the University of Connecticut as outlined in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry appears to dispute the commonly held belief that autism is a lifetime condition. Her study consisted of 34 children who had been diagnosed with autism in early childhood but went on to function as well as 34 other children in their classes at their school.

But experts insist on vigilance because more effort and study is required to discover what might clarify the results. And, no actual proof has made this conclusive, as more studies are in progress with greater numbers of children in a variety of conditions.