Study Finds People Can Overcome Early Autism Symptoms - WBOY.com: Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

Study Finds People Can Overcome Early Autism Symptoms

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • West Virginia University Children's Hospital Breaks Ground on New Expansion

    West Virginia University Children's Hospital Breaks Ground on New Expansion

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-09-16 04:00:32 GMT
    Monday marked the new beginning for the West Virginia University Children's Hospital. The hospital is expanding its walls to meet the growing needs of the community.
    Monday marked the new beginning for the West Virginia University Children's Hospital. The hospital is expanding its walls to meet the growing needs of the community.
  • Marion County Residents Gather To Meet The Candidates

    Marion County Residents Gather To Meet The Candidates

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:45:34 GMT
    Meet The Candidate ForumMeet The Candidate Forum
    Marion County residents were able to meet the candidates Monday night and get to hear from Fairmont City Council.
    Marion County residents were able to meet the candidates Monday night and get to hear from Fairmont City Council.
  • WVU Students Honor Slain Journalists With Vigil

    WVU Students Honor Slain Journalists With Vigil

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:40:26 GMT
    The militant group ISIS has beheaded four Western hostages, two from the United States and two from Britain. Monday night, WVU's Muslim Association held a vigil for one of the murdered American journalist.
    The militant group ISIS has beheaded four Western hostages, two from the United States and two from Britain. Monday night, WVU's Muslim Association held a vigil for one of the murdered American journalist.

The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry published a new study on autism in January.

Results from the study show children were able to overcome symptoms after behavioral therapy.

Peggy Hovatter of the West Virginia Autism Training Center said it's difficult to pinpoint just one cure because there is more than one form of autism, including autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder (not otherwise specified), and Asperger's disorder.

"You can't say that this technique is going to work across the board because autism is such a spectrum disorder. I've seen kids who respond very well to a specific type of treatment and others who respond very well to something totally different," Hovatter said.

She stresses how typical treatments encourage positive reinforcement for children to develop social skills.

Hovatter said, "What is important with autism is that you have to understand that reinforcers are very important because they don't pick up on the natural reinforcers that many typical children do."

Cindy Puskas is the mother of three children on the autism spectrum. All of her children have seen major improvement from their individualized therapies, and from an educational standpoint, they are no longer considered autistic.

Although, Puskas thinks, "they'll always have some signs even if they grew off the medical diagnosis of autism."

Puskas said the study is important because it gives families something to work toward.

"To me, I think it gives families hope because it is possible to make progress," Puskas said.

A major concern related to this study is that children may be mistakenly diagnosed.

"People may misdiagnose for autism and I think it's important to have a thorough diagnosis, and if you don't believe it's accurate, you can always get a second opinion. And, re-evaluate as you go on, as they age and progress," Puskas said.

Both Hovatter and Puskas encourage treating children early for this disorder.

If you're concerned your child falls on the autism spectrum, Puskas suggests you contact http://www.wvdhhr.org/birth23/ if your child is under 3-years-old. If they're over 3, she advises you to contact your pediatrician for further advice.