When he was three years old, Josh Tutin from Bristol, UK was diagnosed with a severe autism which led doctors to conclusion that he will likely never go to a regular school. A year later, his mother Renitha read that playing a musical instrument might help, so she started giving Josh piano lessons.
With a lot of hard work, Josh is now a happy 10-year-old who goes to a regular school and loves playing piano, which apparently had a role in the improvement of his condition.
Latest researches have recently indicated that children can outgrow their autism symptoms, and it seems that little Josh is a good example. But doctors also stress that it is impossible to fully outgrow autism, with even Josh's mother pointing out that it is a condition for life.
"Children don't grow out of being autistic, but some can learn to live with it. In Josh's case it has taken a huge amount of hard work to get us to where we are now and he still has support with his lessons."
Psychology professor Richard Hastings from Bangor University says that is is "misleading" to suggest that this proves as evidence, but finds the new studies "interesting".
"You can never say never because we don't completely understand the nature of autism. At the moment it is still very unclear why it happens, and until you can be clear about that, it is hard to work out whether 'recovery' might be possible", the professor tells Daily Mirror.
Although no cure is still found, the situation has given all the affected families and individuals a glimpse of hope for better days to come.
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