The outcomes for your niece will depend upon the severity of the autism, and whether there are any comorbid disorders (eg, delays in development, intellectual functioning, etc.). It wil also depend upon the interventions and support she receives along the way. Please be reassured that there is a lot of knowledge about Autism and a lot of support that can be obtained.
As with many issues there are "snake oil" salesmen only too happy to promise cures and treatments with no evidence-base, so be wary. Look for the scientifically validated treatments. They will not promise cures, and not be "quick fixes".
I am aware of children who have "lost their diagnosis" through intensive early intervention with Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA). (This is sometimes claimed to be a "cure"). It is a highly structured evidence-based training program, and will maximise the outcomes for the child, and minimise the "negative" effects of the Autism.
As your niece moves through childhhod into adolescence, it will be important for her to have an understanding of her different ways of understanding the world, and have support to navigate social relationships. Those with High Functioning Autism have a higher than normal incidence of depression and anxiety, which is often ignored as being "part of their Autism". It is often a result of the difference they experience and their ways of interpreting the world. It requires someone with an understanding of Autism to provide useful therapy and intervention.
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