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Causes of autism

Until recently, most scientists believed that autism is caused mostly by genetic factors. But groundbreaking new research indicates that environmental factors may be just as important in the development of autism—if not more so—than genes. It appears that certain babies are born with a genetic vulnerability to autism that is ...

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Signs and symptoms of autism

Signs and symptoms of autism in babies and toddlers If autism is caught in infancy, treatment can take full advantage of the young brain’s remarkable plasticity. Although autism is hard to diagnose before 24 months, symptoms often surface between 12 and 18 months. If signs are detected by 18 months ...

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Early detection of autism

Autism Symptoms – What to Look for in Babies, Toddlers, and Children  As a parent, you never want to believe that your precious bundle has a problem. But when it comes to autism, catching it early—ideally by the age of eighteen months—makes a huge difference. But no matter your child’s age, ...

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