What causes autism?

What causes autism?

  • Research indicates that genetics are involved in the vast majority of cases. 

  • 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. In non-identical twins, if one child has autism, then the other is affected about 31 percent of the time.  

  • Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. 

Source: autismspeaks.org

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