Myth 6 Conversation

“Children with Autism Lose Their Chance to Change Once They Turn Five”

Many parents have been devastated when their child with autism reached their fifth birthday, believing that the ‘window of learning opportunity’ had closed. Without question, early intervention makes sense but can children with autism continue to learn past the age of 5 years? Can they learn to talk if they haven’t begun by the magic 5-year window? I’ve found lots of evidence that suggests the 5-year window is a myth. What have you observed? Do you have an example that debunks this myth?