7 Risk Factors for Autism

Shedding Light on Autism

Doctors don’t know what causes autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It doesn’t appear to have one single cause. Instead, it’s likely many things come together to increase a child’s risk for this range of disorders. Some risk factors may be genetic — a child inherits them. A child’s environment might also play a role, even before he or she is born. Here's what you need to know about risk factors for ASD.

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