Differentiate symptoms from adaptive functioning in autistic children

A new Canadian study, reported in HealthDay, looked at improvements in two different aspects of autism – symptoms such as flapping, and adaptive functioning such as the ability to socialize prior to school entry.  Noting that either or both can improve with time and training, the authors suggest that of the two, adaptive functioning is the more important one which should be addressed in interventions.  Suggestions for future study were made by the authors.

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