Researchers say the chance of having autism spectrum disorder appears to increase with the age of the parents when a child is born. They add that the age of the child's grandparents may also be a factor. Experts say more study is needed and note that environmental factors also need to be considered. via
What can cause autism during pregnancy?
The risk of autism is associated with several prenatal risk factors, including advanced age in either parent, diabetes, bleeding, and use of psychiatric drugs in the mother during pregnancy. Autism has been linked to birth defect agents acting during the first eight weeks from conception, though these cases are rare. via
How likely are you to have a child with autism?
Health officials estimate that, today, about 1 in 68 children has one of these disorders. Boys, however, are at much greater risk than girls. ASD is nearly five times more common among boys than girls. Pregnant women exposed to high levels of pollution are more likely than other women to have a child with ASD. via
What is the main cause of autism?
There is no known single cause for autism spectrum disorder, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism compared to in neurotypical children. via
How can you tell if a girl has autism?
Who is high risk for autism?
Children born to older parents are at a higher risk for having autism. Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2 to 18 percent chance of having a second child who is also affected. Studies have shown that among identical twins, if one child has autism, the other will be affected about 36 to 95 percent of the time. via
What are the 3 main symptoms of autism?
Patterns of Behavior
Can autism go away?
Summary: Research in the past several years has shown that children can outgrow a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), once considered a lifelong condition. In a new study, researchers have found that the vast majority of such children still have difficulties that require therapeutic and educational support. via
Can you detect autism during pregnancy?
In rare cases, doctors also say, a baby can be born with birth defects if the mother was exposed to certain chemicals while they were pregnant. But doctors can't find out, during your pregnancy, if your baby will have autism. via
Does autism come from the mother or father?
The team found that mothers passed only half of their structural variants on to their autistic children—a frequency that would be expected by chance alone—suggesting that variants inherited from mothers were not associated with autism. But surprisingly, fathers did pass on substantially more than 50% of their variants. via
Does autism worsen with age?
Goldsmiths, University of London researchers working with adults recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder have found high rates of depression, low employment, and an apparent worsening of some ASD traits as people age. via
Does autism run in the family?
ASD has a tendency to run in families, but the inheritance pattern is usually unknown. People with gene changes associated with ASD generally inherit an increased risk of developing the condition, rather than the condition itself. via
What age does autism usually show up?
Some children show ASD symptoms within the first 12 months of life. In others, symptoms may not show up until 24 months or later. Some children with ASD gain new skills and meet developmental milestones, until around 18 to 24 months of age and then they stop gaining new skills, or they lose the skills they once had. via
What is the best treatment for autism?
The most effective treatments available today are applied behavioral analysis (ABA), occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and pharmacological therapy. via
Does autism worsen?
Not every adult with autism gets better. Some -- especially those with mental retardation -- may get worse. Many remain stable. But even with severe autism, most teens and adults see improvement over time, find Paul T. via