Working to Reverse Autism in Children and Adults

 Research into reversing autism is in pre-clinical stages and is mostly carried out in rodents. To be successful, behavior therapies for autism have to be aggressive. Some pediatric neurologists suggests behavior therapies should run for about 20 plus hours per week for months if not years. Early detection is always key to have positive results. The average age of autism for a child is four years old. This is considered a late diagnosis and many of these children are not able to complete the required therapy during those early developmental periods. Now, one study says that autism-related social defects may be able to be corrected well into adulthood. It is noteworthy to mention that this study was only conducted on animals, but holds promising implications that this can someday benefit people with autism. Peter Tsai is one such researcher who is conducting research on reversing autism. Dr. Peter Tsai is Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. The researchers of the study suggest that to better understand the obstacles to correcting autism behaviors in people, we have to understand the underlying causes of autism still remain elusive. Although, strides have been made to suggest a link between a gene that causes autism and environmental factors. Studying the genes that cause autism has given researchers an opportunity to establishing a window of time when autism treatment can be effective. Tsai points out, that before you start calling your doctor and asking about these types of therapies, he wants you to understand that these are pre-clinical studies conducted on animals. Human trials have commenced yet.

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