Recent studies have found that environmental factors play a larger role in leading to autism that previously thought. It is said the study was initiated in an effort to answer the basic question on every parent’s mind: “If I have a child with autism, what is the risk my next child will too?”
A person’s genes account for 50 percent of the disease, while the other half can be explained by environmental factors such as: complications at birth, socio-economic status, or the health and lifestyle of parents. Studies also reveal that a child whose brother or sister is autistic is 10 times more likely to develop the disease.
The exact causes of the neurodevelopmental disorder are still unknown, however three common areas of autism have been identified: social interaction and understanding, repetitive behavior and interests, and language and communication.
In America, as many as 1 in 50 children are diagnosed with autism (at varying levels). Thus establishing itself as the fastest growing developmental disorder. Are you looking for more information about these recent findings in the study on autism? Click here to learn more.
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