Who can outgrow autism? Recent studies report a small number of people diagnosed with autism seemed to outgrow the condition. 10 to 20% of children who were diagnosed with autism achieved optimal outcomes. In my opinion, there are a couple problems with this optimistic outlook. The first is that any behavioral studies done in the first two years of life can be unreliable in terms of predicting future behavior. The second problem is that the diagnostic category of autism has been broadened to include other developmental problems. It  does not represent the narrow and severe core of autism described years ago as “Infantile Autism.” To have false positives in the range of 10 to 20% makes one wonder about the accuracy of the diagnosis in the first place. These studies are important and interesting. Hopefully, we will find that behavioral therapies have had an impact on this condition.